Ascent of Snake Range Peak 11040 on 2018-08-14

Climber: Eric Morrill

Date:Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snake Range Peak 11040
    Elevation:11040 ft / 3364 m

Ascent Trip Report

For me, this was the second time I did this hike.

With Lucia Pacca and Robert Morrill, on Monday the 13th, afternoon, we drove to the end of the 4-wheel road that forks off towards the ridge to Lincoln from the road up Washington. The road is on occasion 4-wheel in the Park, but, more importantly, requires 4-wheel and the use of 5-point turns on the (mining?) road that climbs the cliff above Mount Wheeler Mine. That portion of the drive shows evidence of people taking the hairpin switchback turns without making 5-point turns, and this is damaging the road - please make 5-point turns in the turn area provided!

After arriving at the end of the road and a sign for "Lincoln Cirque," we parked and hiked in to a basecamp directly underneath Lincoln Peak, where we dined and slept in heavy wind and light rain. In the morning of the 14th, we ascended Lincoln Peak, after scampering up to the ridge to Lincoln's North. From there, it was a walk in the park over to "Linkin Park," an unnamed, grassy, round peak to the south, and then down the ridge towards "11,040+," which we refer to as "Morrill's Folly." The long ridge drops only moderately, and made for easy walking. We stayed mostly on the ridgeline, making an occasional contour on the south side to avoid needless elevation gain on one large, forested bump in the ridge. We passed an amazing deer skeleton, which Bob Morrill found.

Note: In case of poor visibility, be careful not to take the Highland Ridge by accident - I did this last time. This time, visibility was good, although it started to rain slightly when we were lunching on Morrill's Folly.

We followed this route back, returning to camp early enough to hike out. However, preferring to stay one more night, we had another windy dinner and hiked out in the morning.

Low-4 gear required for the descent, lest you overheat your brake pads.
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