Ascent of Notch Peak on 2020-05-27

Climber: Otto De Groff

Others in Party:David Burchfield
Date:Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Notch Peak
    Elevation:9654 ft / 2942 m

Ascent Trip Report

David Burchfield and I went out to this area to study bristlecone pines north of Notch Peak. After camping in Amasa Valley, we drove in a side by side toward Pine Peak. Just past the spring at 8500 feet, we took the left fork, which we were able to get up. The road was narrow, rutted, and overall in very bad shape. We stopped at 9000 feet, but maybe should have stopped sooner. With some effort and perhaps a better off road vehicle, it would be possible to ride all the way up Pine Peak, or at least to the WSA boundary just north of the summit.

From where we parked, we followed a hiker's trail along the ridgeline south, that bypassed Peak 9353 to the east. The section in between Peak 9353 and Peak 9424 was the trickiest of the hike, but the cairned trail made navigating somewhat easier. Just north of Peak 9360+ we passed a campsite among the bristlecones. From there on, we contoured around Peaks 9424 and 9320+, passing through bristlecone on the north faces of each peak.

David rested at the saddle east of Notch Peak while I summited. We retured via the same route. This was a very enjoyable hike among bristlecone pines, with great viwes along the ridgeline.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:654 ft / 199 m
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:Pine Peak road  9000 ft / 2743 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2, 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear, pleasant day
Ascent Part of Trip: Notch Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pine Peak2020-05-27 
2Notch Peak2020-05-27654 ft / 199 m
Total Trip Gain: 654 ft / 199 m    Total Trip Loss: 654 ft / 199 m

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