Ascent of Snow Mountain on 2020-05-28

Climber: Aaron Gustafson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Snow Mountain
    Elevation:8014 ft / 2442 m

Ascent Trip Report

You probably don't want to use my GPS track. For some reason, I decided not to use the usual approach to the Devils/Snow ridgeline (which is coming up the East side of the ridge from the Palisades Creek Trail) either on the way out or on the way back.

On the way out, I decided to take roads marked on the USFS map around the West side of Devils. They are clearly marked private roads that do not welcome trespassing. I cut up the West slope toward the ridgeline, bushwhacking, but there is a dirt road that goes most of the way up to the ridgeline that is slightly less direct that would have been superior. It's on maps.

The scramble up Devils was easy and fun.

I followed the ridgeline from Devils toward Snow. There is a road on maps that I joined about a third of the way along the ridge traversal, but it was in bad shape and usually under snow, and very difficult to follow. After another third of the way to Snow, it was time to leave the "road" and cut uphill, and it became a snow climb at this point.

There are four possible summits, as stated in other TRs.

On the way back, for some reason I decided to try to follow the "Jeep Trail" on the USGS map that descends the ridge's East side and connects to the Palisades Creek Trail. This basically does not exist, and I was just bushwhacking next to a stream.

At last, I got to the Palisades Creek Trail, and I was very happy to be able to mindlessly walk an actually existing trail the rest of the way back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2457 ft / 748 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3431 ft / 1045 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Surprisingly hot, even up here.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1397 ft / 425 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 311 ft / 95 m; Extra: 1086 ft / 331m
    Loss on way in:1086 ft / 331 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Devils Peak  7703 ft / 2347 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2345 ft / 714 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1285 ft / 392 m; Extra: 1060 ft / 323m
    Gain on way out:1060 ft / 323 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    End Trailhead:Cascade Lakes  6729 ft / 2050 m
    Time:2 Hours 43 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2020.05.28 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Devils Peak2020-05-28 a1310 ft / 399 m
2Snow Mountain2020-05-28 b2457 ft / 749 m
Total Trip Gain: 3767 ft / 1148 m    Total Trip Loss: 3766 ft / 1148 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Aaron Gustafson
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