Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2019-01-21

Climber: BMS 914

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Mountain
    Elevation:3916 ft / 1193 m

Ascent Trip Report

Please 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
1The Fortress2019-01-21 a1763 ft / 537 m
2Rattlesnake Mountain2019-01-21 b928 ft / 283 m
Total Trip Gain: 2691 ft / 820 m    Total Trip Loss: 2691 ft / 820 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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