Ascent of Mount Palmer on 2019-04-27

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Date:Saturday, April 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Palmer
    Elevation:7958 ft / 2425 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Stephen McDonnell, Sunny Yi

Day 1 of two day trip to Mt Palmer and Grapevine Pk. High Clearance 2WD vehicles were able to drive all the way in to the start of the "bad road" described in the DPS Peak Guide and that we referred to as the 2WD parking spot, and which is where we set up camp Saturday night. Several non-high clearance vehicles in our party had us camping out Friday night (before climbing Palmer on Sat) at a couple of spots along the road before getting to the 2WD parking spot; we just consolidated everyone into the available high clearance vehicles Sat morning for the final drive in to the 2WD parking spot. There was only one spot along the "bad road" where 4WD would have been mandatory, but since we didn't have enough 4WD vehicles to drive up over that road, we didn't even try it, we just started hiking from the 2WD parking spot.

From the saddle at the top of the 4WD road, we headed south to follow an obvious route that ascended and descended the crest of ridges for most of the hike that was sometimes on a very vague use trail. Early on we diverted a bit east of where we needed to go to get up on Peak 8040; coming off this peak to rejoin our route was via very steep hillside, we avoided climbing up that hillside on our way out by following a very vague use trail to the west of our route down. Prior to reaching the NW-SE trending summit ridgeline, we ascended and descended first along a N-S trending ridgeline and then a generally W-E trending ridgeline. Lots of the gain of this hike was along these up and down sections. When we got to the saddle to the west of Pt 7780T (and NE of Pt 7710T) at the western extent of the W-E portion of our route, we travelled south and stayed high to traverse along the western wall of the gully system until we intersected a low ridge, neither climbing or dropping much elevation along the traverse at all. The low ridge rises gently to intersect the main summit ridge. Along that main summit ridge a good use trail climbs sometimes along the flanks and sometimes over the top of minor bumps along the way. The final summit is a mess of loose rock, we generally followed the DPS peak guide instructions to avoid Class 3 terrain, but helmets would have been kind of nice up there. We returned the way we came in (except for the climb back up to Pk 8040).

Specs for the day: 11.9 miles, 4,300' of gain, about 11.5 hours

15 People started the hike, 13 got about halfway up the loose mess final summit, 9 of us made it to the actual summit. Our team consisted of:

Stephen McDonnell
Wasim Khan
Catherine Rossbach
Peter Carter
Roger Lim
Miriam Khamis
Sunny Yi
Jason Park
Amy Huang
Mary Varalyay
John Palka
Jeff Buchholz
Ling Tu
Andrew Manalo

Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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