Ascent of Gilbert Peak on 2019-08-29

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gilbert Peak
    Elevation:13442 ft / 4097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike stats include near ascent of Gunsight. Should have been about 3.6 miles up, 2760 ft elevation, plus 20 ft extra.

Met my friend Nuernberger on his way out a couple days ago. I told him my plans for Gilbert, and he confirmed that a route to the west spur was better from the NNW than from Dollar Lake. That was good because I had planned a campsite and drawn a route on Google Earth in that direction.

The route worked great. I generally stayed on the edges of bogs so I could step into the trees if it got too wet. I was able to make my only bog crossing okay (see BOG1 on track). Earlier in the summer, you may need to go a few hundred feet east and along a steeper forest to avoid the mud. I was later able to filter from a small stream (H2O).

The main creek crossing (CREEK) is crucial. Any lower, and it's cutting a steep loose canyon. I found an animal trail leading into it. But the other side was a short very steep dirt slope. It would be difficult if muddy. There's probably another crossing upstream with some easy bushwhacking.

The toe of the west spur is very steep, but the traction is good.

From the level part of the spur, the upper part of Gilbert is obscured by 400-500 ft steep wall of talus, making it look like nothing was there. By then I was focused on routing by sight up the peak I could see. Unfortunately, it was the wrong one! Luckily, the monsoon forecast was a little late, and I had time to come back and get Gilbert.

Going down, at the base of the west spur, I found a good trail heading toward Dollar Lake. Could there be a trail from the lake no one has reported, and Nuernberger didn't find. Knowing many like to camp at that lake, I ignored his recommendation, and went down to investigate. The trail soon disappeared, and I was now just aiming for the north edge of the lake, where I had seen a trail from above. I ran into the downfall, steep dirt slope, and bog he had warned me about. From above, I was probably able to see the best crossing without getting wet. But still, this route is not as good. If you still want to start from Dollar Lake, you need to start from half way down the east side of the lake to avoid that bog (BOG ENDS). You will not be able to avoid all the downfall, or the very steep west side of the spur.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3759 ft / 1144 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5011 ft / 1526 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.7 mi / 25.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Mud/Swamp
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3569 ft / 1087 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2759 ft / 841 m; Extra: 810 ft / 246m
    Loss on way in:810 ft / 246 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:W Spur
    Start Trailhead:tent  10683 ft / 3256 m
    Time:3 Hours 47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4201 ft / 1280 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4011 ft / 1223 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:Dollar Lake
    End Trailhead:Henrys Fork TH  9431 ft / 2874 m
    Time:4 Hours 29 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Kings Pk (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Kings Peak2019-08-284677 ft / 1426 m
2Gunsight Peak-N rij2019-08-29 a 
3Gilbert Peak2019-08-29 b3759 ft / 1146 m
Total Trip Gain: 8436 ft / 2572 m    Total Trip Loss: 8436 ft / 2571 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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