Ascent of Date Creek Mountains High Point on 2018-11-28
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, November 28, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
|Peak:||Date Creek Mountains High Point|
| Elevation:||4920 ft / 1499 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe east side is probably easier to hike up, but it's a risky drive getting to where I started. Followed Andy Martin's directions. Most will want to park about 3.4mi from the pavement, at the base of the mountains. It's about 1.6mi from my start. You must still cross a few narrow but deep cuts across the road that require high clearance. Here, the road forks right to a twisty, steep, rutted rock descent into a drainage. But the worst is another 0.3mi when it climbs out. Starts with a steep dirt and large rock dodging climb, then turns to reveal steep deep ruts that will likely high-center anything not modified, and the middle dirt ridge just wide enough for your tire, with a tricky crossover before the top. By the time you see it, you're afraid to back down! If you get past this, you can handle the rest, though there are still some tough spots. I was tempted to try and find my way out to the north, but I had to meet Newman's group later today.
The summit rock is sitting on top of two much larger boulders, themselves atop other boulders. There's a large space to walk under the largest. From the opening between them, you have several class 3 choices. I climbed the face of the one on my left (facing HP), and used it to get onto the summit. Descending, instead of descending the face, I jumped a gap on the other side. Register suggests others know about this, because the register had a lot of non-peakbagger entries.
Presently, peakbagger.com has the highpoint on the southern contour. The middle contour is definitely the highest. The tiny northeastern contour appears to be an extra, as it didn't appear to be within 40ft of the others.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1230 ft / 374 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1230 ft / 373 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.9 mi / 3.1 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||few ci; viz 50mi; breezy; cool|
| Gain on way in:||1198 ft / 365 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1139 ft / 347 m; Extra: 59 ft / 17m|
| Loss on way in:||59 ft / 17 m|
| Distance:||0.9 mi / 1.4 km|
| Route:||E slope|
| Start Trailhead:||34.214040,-112.903239 3781 ft / 1152 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 2 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1171 ft / 356 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1139 ft / 347 m; Extra: 32 ft / 9m|
| Gain on way out:||32 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Route:||E slope|
| End Trailhead:||34.214040,-112.903239 3781 ft / 1152 m|
| Time:||46 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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