Ascent of Ten-Four Mountain on 2010-03-18

Climber: Andy Dewey

Date:Thursday, March 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ten-Four Mountain
    Elevation:4384 ft / 1336 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rode bike from gate on Ben Howard road (west approach). It is fairly easy riding for the first 5 miles, then it gets steep. At about 6.5 miles it becomes very rocky, rough, and steep (this part is unpleasant riding down!). At 8 miles is Airplane Lake and it's hiking from here (too rough & brushy for bike). The lake is at 3000' and this is where I hit solid snow and left my bike. From here the road ascends SW to the ridge. At the ridge the road hairpins left and a short spur road leads to a radio facility with the best views I saw all day. The road follows the ridgeline east bypassing several points and eventually coming to an end at about 10.5 miles(keep left on the first 2 forks, then right on the 3rd). From here its an unpleasant scramble up through small tight trees and deadfall. The summit is in large trees and has no view. The bike ride down was fun! Also climbed "Hatfield's Daughter" on the way back (pt. 1070' near the small lake). Steep and lots of ferns!

23+ miles RT, 4900' gain. 4.5 hrs up, 3 hrs back (could have been faster on the way down but I went slow and made a couple side-trips)
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