Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 2018-11-09

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sheep Mountain
    Elevation:5141 ft / 1566 m

Ascent Trip Report

Planned this as a 2-day backpack trip. See Trip Report for Martinez Mountain for the hike in & out sections. This report starts after setting up camp near Cactus Springs and the round trip to Sheep Mountain.

We started up the wash of Cactus Springs. Following the meandering route but kinda heading for point 4678. We thought about taking the HPS route 1 (the direct route) but usually when they state it is steep; it is steep. And the "less steep" route seemed like a good cruise route at least on the topo. (I would recommend the direct route as it wasn't too bad and ducked.) There were lots of up/downs & right/lefts just to traverse the "less steep" route. We started complaining that the topo doesn't really show all the undulations to properly plan and wasn't worth the extra distance. But just as we made the turn to go towards Sheep, we came across a tarantula slowly walking across my path. Made the deviation worth the effort. Point 5027 had a neat little summit block. Not much to Point 5067 other than some good views. There are plenty of large rock croppings worthy of more exploration along the route however we wanted to get back to camp before it got dark (& cold). There are a couple false summit bumps but the traverse isn't bad. We signed the register atop a large rock cairn with adorned with an animal spine and wood slate remnant. Found the benchmark. Great views from the summit. Spent 15 minutes on top. We took the "direct" "steep" route back as the shadows were getting long in the day. We reached camp about 45 minutes before official sunset. However once the sun went behind Toro Peak the temps plummeted to the forties.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1465 ft / 445 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1465 ft / 446 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1242 ft / 378 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 950 ft / 289 m; Extra: 292 ft / 89m
    Loss on way in:292 ft / 89 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:HPS less steep route
    Start Trailhead:Cactus Spring  4191 ft / 1277 m
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1173 ft / 357 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 950 ft / 289 m; Extra: 223 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:223 ft / 67 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:HPS steep route
    End Trailhead:Cactus Spring  4191 ft / 1277 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2018 Sheep Martinez (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sheep Mountain2018-11-091465 ft / 447 m
2Martinez Mountain2018-11-104502 ft / 1372 m
Total Trip Gain: 5967 ft / 1819 m    Total Trip Loss: 5967 ft / 1819 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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