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Ascent of Pointless Peak on 2018-08-05

Climber: Christopher Wessels

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pointless Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12256 ft / 3735 m

Ascent Trip Report

Returning from second trip with Jon and Christine Raimer. Got home very late that night.

The East Ridge is a very fine scramble with options ranging from class 2, on the south side of the ridge, to class 4 on the north side of the ridge. The crest of the ridge is mostly (or all) class 3, and can be followed without any need for detour. To access the ridge, start at the Hilton Lakes TH and when you get to the forest, you will see a climber's use trail split off toward the peak (left/west). Follow this use trail; it goes right to the base of the East Ridge. You can follow the ridge from here all the way to the top, or you can traverse around to the north side of the ridge's base and do some face climbing (class 3-4) to gain the ridge proper. This is the same face that has some (named) climbing routes, but there are ways to get up it without getting into class 5. Descend one of the sandy SE chutes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2416 ft / 736 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2416 ft / 736 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2416 ft / 736 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Hilton Lakes  9840 ft / 2999 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2416 ft / 736 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:SE Chute(s)
    End Trailhead:Hilton Lakes  9840 ft / 2999 m



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