Ascent of Rose Knob Peak on 2018-11-12

Climber: William Inman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rose Knob Peak
    Elevation:9710 ft / 2959 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this one as a workout before the upcoming Guadalupe Peak attempt in Texas, and also thinking this might be my last chance before spring to do a Sierra peak over 9000 ft. without snowshoes!

Having climbed Incline Peak in September, I knew the first part of the trail, which was good, as I got a little bit confused that time. This time, marched right up it "like I knew what I was doing" until reaching the saddle right below Incline Peak. From there, it was new (to me), but I had a map printed out from Bo Meng's trip report with a "GPS track", so used that as reference.

Once at the saddle between provisional peak 9773 and Rose Knob Peak, I was slightly thrown off by the trail that continued skirting around the SSE side of Rose Knob Peak, and started to follow it. But then I realized I needed to be going up the ridge, so backtracked a few dozen feet to do that. It was a bit of a chore to go up the loose sandy slope, turning into a pile of loose larger rock (talus?), but fortunately it wasn't too far, and before long, I was standing on the peak. Found a sunny place out of the wind to eat my tuna salad snack, then put my windbreaker back on for the return trip, which I knew would be mostly in the shade and producing a lot less bodyheat since it would be downhill.

The return was without incident, and I reached the car just before 5pm - - - and just before dark, as well. Started the hike at 1:10, so the whole thing was well under 4 hours, even though I wasn't particularly hurrying!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1150 ft / 350 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1150 ft / 350 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 and 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Forecast for 40 but seemed warmer - until the breeze hit!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1150 ft / 350 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:.... nsp ... incline lake rd then TRT
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Rose Hwy. at Incline Lake Rd.  8560 ft / 2609 m
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1150 ft / 350 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Same as ascent
    End Trailhead:same as start  8560 ft / 2609 m
    Time:1 Hours 31 Minutes

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