Ascent of Hogback Mountain on 2020-03-23

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Monday, March 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hogback Mountain
    Elevation:3240 ft / 987 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the Pinnacle we returned to the junction and headed on up the Hogback Mountain Trail. The wind was ripping through the forest and some trees were creaking. At first we were in a very open stand of deciduous trees, but then we got into the pines when the slope picked up. There was one tree that was well decorated with bell shaped fungi. One tree had a split right through the trunk and we tried to stay clear. We never heard anything fall other than twigs, but we were a bit worried. With the risk of being in the forest and the surprisingly cool temperature compared with our expectations, we turned around at the Hogback summit, skipping Mount Putnam for now. We cut off some time headed down and saw the first other hikers of the day between the Hogback junction and the vista. They looked very unprepared with no real coats, hats, or traction. Near the bottom there was one other party on their way up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:859 ft / 261 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1845 ft / 561 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:719 ft / 219 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 589 ft / 179 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Hogback Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Stowe Pinnacle  2651 ft / 808 m
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1715 ft / 522 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1575 ft / 480 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Hogback Mountain - Pinnacle Meadows Trails
    End Trailhead:Pinnacle Meadows TH  1665 ft / 507 m
    Time:1 Hours 26 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Stowe Pinnacle

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Stowe Pinnacle2020-03-23 a1126 ft / 343 m
2Hogback Mountain2020-03-23 b859 ft / 262 m
Total Trip Gain: 1985 ft / 605 m    Total Trip Loss: 1985 ft / 605 m

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