Ascent of Pitcher Mountain on 2020-06-04

Climber: Doug Wilson

Date:Thursday, June 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pitcher Mountain
    Elevation:5941 ft / 1810 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally planned to climb the usual route from Carbon River / FS7810, but the road was closed due to logging operations mid-week. Drove back to Wilkeson and followed FS7710, FS7720 E and FS7224 S as far as driveable (~3450'). Walked the remaining 1.8 miles to the end of FS7224 and followed an unmaintained trail briefly then game trails side hilling through various amounts of open timber, and heavy brush SSE paralleling the ridge ~0.8 miles to a small col (~4800'). There is a flagged trail starting at the col that heads SW (ignore). We headed S then SE up the ridge- again through a mixture of open timber and brush. Snow started at ~5000' which allowed for much easier travel. Continued up the ridge to a 5600' rocky peak just NW of Pitcher, then down climbed a steep, loose 150' gully W and continued to the base of the NW Ridge of Pitcher. Followed the 5700' contour S a few hundred yards, then climbed steep snow ~150' to slightly north of Pitcher summit. Back tracked the route.

Note: the FS topo shows FS7724 continuing a couple hundred yards further SE than it actually does. The Guide to 100 Peaks says gain and travel the ridge after leaving FS7224- we initially tried this and kept getting cliffed out, so dropped down and paralleled the ridge in the forest instead.

Given the extra distance, elevation gain and route finding complexities, this route is probably harder than the regular South route especially after the snow melts.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3491 ft / 1063 m
    Extra Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Route:North Side
    Trailhead:FS7724  3450 ft / 1051 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles

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