Ascent of Prairie Mountain on 2019-06-29

Climber: John Stolk

Date:Saturday, June 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Prairie Mountain
    Elevation:5678 ft / 1730 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thanks to Kevinsa on Summitpost for route information. Very useful!

Some notes on our route:
The road in is still in pretty good shape. A fair number of potholes and some brush beginning to encroach higher up but just about any vehicle should still be able to make it to the end of the road. Good turnaround spot with space for several cars.

The gps track (our up track) begins where we left the old road bed. The first 100' or so were quite steep. We came down about 100 yards further north- still steep, but less so. The going was not too bad from here up to where we crossed the old road bed just below 4000'. From here the route flattens out somewhat and the brush is THICK for several hundred vertical feet before opening up again at around 4400'. On the way down we followed a small open stream bed perhaps 50-100 yards to the north of the track through this area and the going was considerably easier. Despite the brush I suspect this more direct route to the ridge is preferable to the switchback one the author took in the Summitpost report.

Upon reaching the ridge the going is easy through mostly open forest. We stayed on the ridge line up and over Pt. 5260 and most of the way to Pt.5586
When the ridge line got steeper we dropped down steeply to the east and traversed slick meadows until just below the summit. I found microspikes to be extremely helpful for the traverse. The slopes were still wet from recent rains and my buddy Jeff struggled somewhat without them. Occasionally we found traces of a small way trail which helped. The final ascent goes up the green vegetation chute shown in the center of the Summitpost report photograph.

Great views from the top!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2320 ft / 707 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2320 ft / 707 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Start Trailhead:3358 ft / 1023 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John Stolk
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