Ascent of Morey Peak on 2019-06-09

Climber: Kyle Wilson

Others in Party:Ritch Go -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Morey Peak
    Elevation:10246 ft / 3122 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the west side of the range dirt road as described in summitpost (which was really helpful!). We arrived at the dirt road just after the sunset which we later discovered was a serious problem. Little did we know there are about 23 creek crossings and we must have hiked early in the season because the water was high and moving quickly. The third creek crossing going up involved crossing deep water and then going up a steep bank which resulted in some scrapping of the bottom of the Jeep. Nothing could have prepared us for the 5th creek crossing though because at night time we couldn't see the depth of the water due to the angel of the lights coming off of the Jeep. We ended up getting really stuck and it took several minutes of locking differentials, low four-wheel drive, and tricky maneuvering to get unstuck and somehow miraculously getting past the really rough washed up road that the creek is flowing over. On the way back we saw just how washed out the road is at this point and we still don't understand how we managed to get over it. We ended up driving through some trees to get around the washed out road because there was no way we could get through it without damaging the Jeep. There were two notable creek crossings on the way up after this that was difficult with one resulting in us getting stuck in deep mud. I believe the overall issues we had is the fact that we were driving up the 8.4 mile road at night while the water was still high since the snow only recently melted. It took us 1 hr and 11 minutes to get to the campsite/trail head on the dirt road. It was much easier navigating across the creek with sunlight the following day. The hike itself wasn't too difficult. We ended up going our own way for the most part to the summit and we didn't have a difficult time. The terrain was sturdy enough because it was still partially frozen. The only struggle we had was crossing frozen snow since it was slippery and hard like ice, but that was only a few short sections. We did notice that you could drive further up the road to shorten the hike, the only problem is you won't find any good camping sites and there are no good turnarounds once you are on the steep portion of the road. Hiking from our campsite to the end of the road added 30 minutes up on our trip and 20 minutes down (so it wasn't a big deal). Also, there was a lot of ants in the afternoon were we camped and they managed to get on everything. There might be a better place to camp then were we did (I don't think we camped were summitpost recommend). Fortunately, they did not bother us during the night or early morning likely due to the cold temperatures. Finally, we were unable to find the register on the summit and the freezing wind prevented us from searching all over. This was quite the trip
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2740 ft / 834 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2740 ft / 834 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2613 ft / 796 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2572 ft / 783 m; Extra: 41 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:41 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Start Trailhead:7674 ft / 2339 m
    Time:2 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2699 ft / 822 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2572 ft / 783 m; Extra: 127 ft / 38m
    Gain on way out:127 ft / 38 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    End Trailhead:7674 ft / 2339 m
    Time:2 Hours 27 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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