Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2019-01-21
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, January 21, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3916 ft / 1193 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPlease see the trip report under The Fortress for info on the first peak in my outing.
From the wash coming off The Fortress, I noticed what looked like an old powerline road scarring the south slopes of Rattlesnake Mountain. I doubt anyone has driven up the old road for decades, but it took me up the side of the mountain pretty quickly. When the road ahead looked like it was going to start heading down, I left it and began scrambling up the boulders on the side of the peak (high Class 2). After gaining the ridge, the final portion of the ascent was over and around a ridge strewn with small boulders.
The summit was unevenful. There was an old register in a plastic container that was falling apart, and the exposed paper was damp. I opted against trying to remove it, and after a few photos, I headed down.
On the way back I just took the spine of the ridge, almost to its terminus to the northwest. I then hit the wash, and headed back the way I came in on my way to The Fortress.
Stats are from the low point of the wash with The Fortress, then up to the summit and back to the Anthem East Trailhead. GPS track shown is for the entire outing.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||928 ft / 282 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1456 ft / 443 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.9 mi / 6.3 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Overcast|
Overcast with patches of sun
| Gain on way in:||816 ft / 248 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||Southwest Face via old road|
| Start Trailhead:||Wash/saddle with The Fortress 3100 ft / 944 m|
| Time:||27 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1456 ft / 443 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1344 ft / 410 m; Extra: 112 ft / 34m|
| Gain on way out:||112 ft / 34 m|
| Distance:||3.4 mi / 5.5 km|
| Route:||Northwest Ridge to wash|
| End Trailhead:||Anthem East Trailhead 2572 ft / 783 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 26 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Fortress_Rattlesnake|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 2691 ft / 820 m Total Trip Loss: 2691 ft / 820 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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