Ascent of Alta Mountain on 2019-07-27

Climber: Ben Sidhom

Date:Saturday, July 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Alta Mountain
    Elevation:6240 ft / 1901 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left the Rachel Lake trailhead at 9am to bag Alta Mountain and Rampart Ridge. The ascent from Box Canyon to Rachel Lake was a slog as usual, made worse by the fact that I didn't have my boots today! (A friend was able to spot me some light trailrunners that were unfortunately not waterproof.) When I got to the top of Alta, it was mostly socked in clouds. I waited about 10 minutes and the clouds dispersed a little, but I gave up on getting a wider view and headed to Rampart.

The ridge walk from Alta to Rampart Lakes was brushy and overgrown in places, but easy to follow. At the lakes themselves, there are a ton of exploratory trails. I took a trashy trail (filled with roots, half underwater) that skirts the eastern edge of the southernmost lake to get to a gully to get to the col southeast of Rampart Ridge. From I took an overgrown boot path right to the summit. The views had opened up to the west slightly by this point, though there was still a layer of clouds at or below the summits of most neighboring peaks. I definitely want to come back on a sunny day. Retraced my steps to Rachel Lake (omitting Alta) and got back to the car a little before 5pm.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
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