Ascent of Trimmer Peak on 2019-07-17

Climber: Redd Sea

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Trimmer Peak
    Elevation:9915 ft / 3022 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked 3.4 miles down the Horse Meadows/Willow Creek/Armstrong Pass road. Parked at the normal trailhead for Armstrong Pass. I barely carried any water because there are springs very often. Lots of wildflowers, especially on the TRT above Fountain Place.
I regret leaving the TRT at the first switchback to follow Bob M's gps track. I think the TRT would have been a lot easier. There was a lot of sandy traversing through there that might have been better on the way back to sand ski on.

Peak 9841: class 2, a few easy class 3 moves
This peak was sandy! I expected more snow and less sand! There are a few false summits, but the ridgeline is hard to get lost on. The views are amazing on top, equal to Trimmer. There is some bushwacking which you have to actively avoid. Mostly class 2 sand and a few easy class 3 moves with no exposure.

Trimmer Peak: Skinny class 3 summit, kinda exposed. class 2/3 approach.
When planning I assumed I would follow the contour lines from Peak 9841 to Trimmer. When I got there I realized that it was too sandy to add distance, so I decided to go straight between the two peaks instead. There are springs (on the map) flowing well between the two peaks that provided an excellent break spot and water refill.
Lot of work climbing all that steep sand. The approach is mostly sand. There are a few rocky spots on the ridgeline that are class 3. There are a few spots you have to find your way through tall bushes. I mostly stayed to the ridgeline or just North of it.
The summit block is class 3 and has some exposure. The summit block ridge is almost a bit of a knife-edge. The true summit is the more Eastern rock. There is a mason jar summit register placed last year by the late Brad Dozier (RIP). Only a few summit entrees. I climbed the Western rock also, but from there you can tell it's definitely lower. Amazing views of Tahoe and all the way to at least Sonora.

Peak 9885: Class 2
I followed the sandy ridgeline from Trimmer Peak straight towards Freel Pass. Peak 9885 is along the way. It is an easy/short class 2 or 3 diversion from the ridgeline. The summit, on the map, is a giant piece of granite. The summit could also be an easy rock 50 feet North, so I bagged both. The massive rock towers to the Southeast also contend for high point. The topo maps in this area are definitely not the most accurate. Freel Pass on the TRT is easy to get to from the summit along the ridgeline. There was a 100 foot snow section over the trail right at Freel Pass, but no ice axe/crampons needed. I followed the TRT back to the car from here. Beautiful day. 6.5 hours round trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:550 ft / 167 m
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:550 ft / 167 m
    Start Trailhead:Peak 9840  9365 ft / 2854 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Trimmer

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 98412019-07-171841 ft / 561 m
2Trimmer Peak2019-07-17550 ft / 168 m
Total Trip Gain: 2391 ft / 729 m    Total Trip Loss: 200 ft / 61 m

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