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Ascent of Sawmill Ridge Peak on 2019-11-09

Climber: Yao-Min Chen

Others in Party:Will Chen
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawmill Ridge Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10325 ft / 3147 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from Twin Lakes Resort shortly after 10am and followed the 4x4 road (not recently used) up to the east slope of Peak 10294. We intersected the Sawmill Ridge at Peak 10294 at 1:20pm and started our traversal westward. Arrived at Sawmill Ridge before 2pm. There was no summit register so I left one there. After Sawmill Ridge Peak we continued our traversal to Robinson Peak.

The major challenge was the elevation gain from 7,000 feet at Twin Lakes Resort to the ridge elevation at 10,300 feet. Once on the ridge, the slope was quite gentle. Once the 4x4 track ended, there was no clear trail going up to the ridge so it was a wide open cross country and you pick your poison, dry creek bed or ridge with fairly dense vegetation. We chose the latter, which involved some knee-high bushwhacking from time to time.

The major appeal was certainly a constant great view of Twin Peaks, Matterhorn Peak and the rest of Sawtooth Ridge. On the ascent, Bridgeport Reservoir and the nearby Potato Peak and Bodie Mountain could be clearly seen. Once on the ridge, there was great view of Buckeye Ridge, its highest peak Eagle Peak, and the Eagle Creek Canyon that lies between Buckeye Ridge and Sawmill Ridge.
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View of Robinson Peak (center left), Sawmill Ridge Peak (center right) and Eagle Peak (far right) from Peak 10294 on Sawmill Ridge (2019-11-09). Photo by Yao-Min Chen.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3325 ft / 1013 m
    Total Elevation Loss:325 ft / 99 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3325 ft / 1013 m
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Twin Peaks Resort  7000 ft / 2133 m
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:325 ft / 99 m
    Route:Southwest Ridge
    End Trailhead:Southwest saddle  10000 ft / 3048 m
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Yao-Min Chen
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