Ascent of Notch Peak on 2020-05-27
|Others in Party:||David Burchfield|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 27, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9654 ft / 2942 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDavid 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:
Total Trip Gain: 654 ft / 199 m Total Trip Loss: 654 ft / 199 m
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