Ascent of Raggedtop Mountain on 2019-08-11

Climber: Kevin Downie

Others in Party:Michael Vander Lugt <21576>
Tanaina (she made it to 4800'
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Raggedtop Mountain
    Elevation:5215 ft / 1589 m

Ascent Trip Report

Probably get in trouble with Girdwood residents for giving this info but, If Chugach means "people's mountains" I figure all should enjoy. Trail head is 1.5 miles up crow pass road just past iditarod sign. Park on right side in pullout, trail is across the road. Follow big trail for about 30 feet and than take small trail leading up the mountain. Trail is well marked through trees with flagging, but if you miss a flag it is easy to get off track, so take your time.

Nice steep beautiful trail through trees to just above 2000 feet. We ascended the ridge around giant cirque to false summit at 5050. The ridge from this summit looked really nasty so we decided to traverse the west face. You will see that our GPS lines zigzag up and down all over the face. Make your traverse lower than 4750 otherwise be prepared for sketchy climbing on horrible rock. Final ascent to true summit is the western spur that leads directly to the top (avoid the gullies).

You can save time and distance cutting directly north across the giant cirque around 4,000 ft. You have to descend about 250' but shaves a good deal of time compared to following the ridge.

The standard route from the Crow Pass trail according to Helzer's GPS track is 6.4 miles compared to our 9.5 miles, so that is definitely the way to go if the objective is saving time. I have noticed that the snow slope early season via the standard route can be a bit sketchy.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kevin Downie
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