Ascent of Vetter Mountain on 2020-05-18

Climber: David Sharg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Vetter Mountain
    Elevation:5908 ft / 1800 m

Ascent Trip Report

Vetter Mountain, Mount Mooney and Peak 5675

Total distance: 11.9 miles
Total time: 6 hours 45 minutes
Elevation gain: 2900 feet
Start time: 6am
Trailhead: Large turnout on Angeles Crest Highway, about 1/2 mile east of Upper Big Tujunga Road; 1st intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Silver Moccasin Trail; "Shortcut Saddle" as named by a Silver Moccasin Trail marker; trailhead for Mount Sally HPS Route 1
Accomplishments by list: HPS #62 and #63

Difficulty of hike: 7 out of 10. None of the ascents were overly difficult. The bushwack at Peak 5675 was difficult, and the wet weather added difficulty, but overall it was not too bad.

Views during the hike: 0 out of 10. I'm sure the views from Vetter are incredible, but there was zero visibility all day, and the lookout tower on Vetter was freshly painted and off limits, so I got no views whatsoever on this hike. I'll probably return another time for the views.

Ascent and descent profile: From the trailhead, it's about a 500 foot descent to Big Tujunga Creek, then a 1,600 foot climb to the summit of Vetter. Add another 100 or so feet for Peak 5675. From the summit of Vetter, it's a 500 foot descent to Angeles Crest Highway, followed by a 400 foot climb to the summit of Mooney. For the trip back, a 400 foot descent from Mooney, then a 200 foot climb back to the Silver Moccasin Trail, then a 1,400 foot descent back to the creek, and finishing with a 500 foot climb back to the trailhead.

People seen: A pair of hikers descending Mount Mooney Road as I was climbing it. Then there were 3 tents about 50 yards into the final stretch to Mooney, but I didn't see any people there.

Animals seen: A deer that dashed across Angeles Crest Highway right in front of my car as I was approaching the trailhead at 5:45am. Then another deer on the next ridge over soon after I began the descent from Vetter on the Silver Moccasin Trail. Through the fog, it looked huge.

When I hiked Mount Sally via HPS Route 1 in September, 2018, I parked at Shortcut Saddle, and the view across the canyon towards Vetter was incredible. I decided that day that I would do the hike I did today. I took the Silver Moccasin trail across Big Tujunga Canyon up to Vetter, then across Angeles Crest Highway to Mount Mooney. My plans for this day included continuing from Mooney to Devil Peak, then possibly descending down the southeast slopes of Devil Peak, then climbing Peak 5400, followed by a 2nd ascent of Mount Sally. Unfortunately, there was a thick fog and a light drizzle today, which gave me zero visibility. Because of that, I decided not to do the loop hike, but return by my ascent route instead.

As mentioned earlier, the weather was terrible today, and I was not able to get any good views from any of the peaks. But as far as difficulty, they weren't that bad at all.

Peak 5675 was very overgrown, and a difficult bushwack. The approach from the east is mostly doable, but the exit to the west-northwest was very tough.

None of the peaks had any registers. I brought a register with me to leave on a peak. I didn't seem appropriate to leave one near the lookout tower on Vetter, so I left it on Mooney.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Part of Trip: Vetter and Mooney

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 56752020-05-18 
2Vetter Mountain2020-05-18 
3Mount Mooney2020-05-18 
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