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Ascent of Long Scraggy Peak on 2019-04-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dave Covill <2284>; Hillary and Julie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Long Scraggy Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8812 ft / 2685 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the southern most access road Forest Road FR 530 which is a well maintained well graded dirt road that contours the many hills and logging areas. There is room there for one to four cars before the gate depending on how efficiently one parks. A straight line bushwhack might be far less miles but you would also get a lot of additional gain as the straight line approach takes you over many hills. My GPS track collected too many points and thus, it will not load here but suffice it to say that we stayed right on the USGS interpretation of the FR and actually the road swings north and ties into the other FR so you do not need to break off and bushwhack until around mile 4.0. At that location we notice the road was no longer heading North to NE but was going downhill and NW away from our target. We began climbing the ridge and headed NE then East and after crossing a large drainage ( in fact on the USGS map we crossed exactly at the point where the USGS map show the ravine turning to a blue flow line like a real creek. Where we crossed there was no flowing water but the erosion feature was embedded a good 15 ro 25 feet in the ground.

On the other side of the erosion feature was a fairly open area and we immediately saw large cairns of white quartz and proceeding up to the rocks it was marking a trail. This is an un-maintained trail but gets enough use it is clear and easy to follow. There is orange flagging along it and cairns all the way to the top. The trail skirts all the smaller pinnacle features staying below them and only brings you to the ridge when necessary. The entire day was free from snow till we got into the heavy tree cover at about elevation 8000 to 8200. The snow and ice were in patches but manageable. The trail was very steep in sections (class 1+ rocky and steep). There was only one precarious spot where it was steep and icy and we went up the rocks along the trail to avoid slipping. Once up on the ridge the trail dips up and down a few times but the trail is easy to follow and orange taped.

There is one final switch back near the top that takes you around some class 5 walls and finds a gently area of granite boulders that is class 2 and on the final ridge assault the rock in this area is easy to climb granite with a class 2+ scamper to the summit. The views are outstanding. The other craggy features are interesting and worth climbing if you have time. Lady bugs everywhere.

On the way down, Dave stopped in Pine and drove up to an interesting bar/restaurant on elk creek called " Buck Snort Saloon" which was an interesting place to celebrate a nice hike with over 10 miles of horizontal and over 2000 feet of vertical on a blue bird day!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2082 ft / 634 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1070 ft / 326 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1547 ft / 471 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1012 ft / 308 m; Extra: 535 ft / 163m
    Loss on way in:535 ft / 163 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:FR 530 to bushwhack to trail
    Start Trailhead:SR 126 and FR 530  7800 ft / 2377 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:535 ft / 163 m
    Gain on way out:535 ft / 163 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km



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