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Ascent of Glass Mountain on 2019-09-15

Climber: Chris Gordon

Others in Party:Adam Stieg
Date:Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Glass Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11160 ft / 3401 m

Ascent Trip Report

The standard route up to Glass Mountain approaches from the north/northeast. We drove in from Hwy 120, and turned onto to Black Canyon Road, which is well marked. Shortly thereafter, Sawmill Meadows Road branches off to the right. This is also very well marked. In fact, the roads are in very good condition, and are all well-signed. There are a few intersections along the way to the trailhead but they all have signs.

The trailhead location was relatively easy to spot. At one point near the end of where the road ends, the road is heading directly toward the mountains. It then curves to the right, but directly in front of you is what appears to be an old jeep path, intentionally blocked with a large overturned stump and log. There is clearly room for 2-4 cars to park in this area between the road and the log barricade.

The trail starts as an old road/ jeep track for a bit and meanders up the drainage. The road peters out and then an obvious use trail appeared before us. (I read some trip reports where they stated that they could not find the use trail or they lost it. This seems hard to do because the use trail was very obvious to us and very easy to find.) The trail starts up the middle of a steep ridge separated by two drainages. It became more and more covered with obsidian as we climbed, eventually becoming completely covered with it. Glass Mountain is very appropriately named.

The use trail is very steep and generally heads almost straight up. It is easy to follow. We finally crested up onto the broad summit plateau. North Summit was clearly visible to the right, and then Glass Mountain summit presented itself in front of us. There is a short, final steep section up to the top. The views are massive of the Sierra crest. It was very windy when we arrived. There is a register but no benchmark.

We quickly headed down off the slopes directly toward North Peak. There is no trail but there are no route finding issues. It is very open country and the peak is always visible. We reached the saddle and then headed up the slopes toward the weather station sitting on the summit of North Peak. The views are about the same, marred by the giant weather monitoring installation. We found a benchmark but no register.

For the descent, we headed directly back to the base of Glass Mountain. At the base, we then headed left and wrapped around the peak until we reached the climber trail, careful to not drop down in elevation too early. Once we reached the climber trail, it was an easy, but steep trip back to the car.

Total Stats: Left car 8:00 am. Arrived Glass Mountain summit at 9:25 am. Arrived North Peak summit at 9:55 am. Arrived back at car at 11:10 am.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Overcast, windy



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