Ascent of Hualapai Peak on 2018-12-13
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, December 13, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8417 ft / 2565 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStayed at the Hualapai Mountain County Park. I started just as the sun was rising and hiked the Potato Patch Loop Trail along the east side of Aspen Peak until it intersected with the road that leads to Hualapai. Interestingly enough there is very little signage for the Hualapai Peak hiking road/trail.
With my early start and the blustery cold night prior, the residual snow that remained in the shaded parts of the trail were now ice. Fortunately there was no ice or snow left on the summit blocks. I had read previous posts and planned to take the north ledge route, but when I arrived at the summit block area, the most obvious trail was one that tunneled through the thick brush around the south and to the west. There were still three orange trail marking tape pieces tied to some branches, but one would have to really search for them. I stumbled upon them more than found them. Nonetheless that route worked me up to the west side of the summit block where the station mark is located and resulted in me having to jump across the gap to reach the few inches higher block (which has one of the reference marks). I spent very little time on the summit as I had left Lola behind where I tunneled through the brush. I’m fortunate to have such an obedient dog as she stayed exactly where I left her.
I retraced my path back to the Hualapai Trail junction and the proceeded along the west Potato Patch Loop trail making my way to Camp Levi. After passing Camp Levi, I decided to hike up Aspen Peak.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Distance:||4.1 mi / 6.6 km|
| Time:||2 Hours 2 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Hualapai|
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