Ascent of Slate Mountain on 2019-10-12
|Others in Party:||David Sanger|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, October 12, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9302 ft / 2835 m|
Ascent Trip ReportRoute 190 is a very windy road that brought us from the Central Valley into the mountains. We drove a little past the Quaking Aspen campground to a paved Forest Service road on the right that got us a little closer to the peak. We parked at a locked gate and took the signed trail on the left side of the road. This is the Summit National Recreation Trail, which I hadn’t heard of before. After 2.5 miles of gentle grade with a bunch of downed trees, we stopped for lunch just at the edge of the 2016 burn area. The trail continued steadily up. We passed the point where many people seem to leave for the summit ridge, encountering talus boulders most of the way. Instead we continued over a saddle with a trail sign to a faint use trail heading up, where I left a cairn. This use trail snakes between the talus fields and provides the easiest way up that we could see.
At the summit are a register and a benchmark among the rocks. There are partially obstructed views northeast to the highest of the Sierras, and a nice look at Olancha to the east. Overall this is mostly a straightforward trail hike, rather unexciting among the California P2ks.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2202 ft / 671 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gain on way in:||2202 ft / 671 m|
| Distance:||9.6 mi / 15.4 km|
| Route:||Summit National Recreation Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||7100 ft / 2164 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 40 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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