Ascent of Mount Crocker on 2020-08-14
|Others in Party:||with Bob Pickering|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, August 14, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||12458 ft / 3797 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe slept at the TH, and started hiking at 6:30 AM - the McGee creek trail passes through sagebrush, river birch, ascending through white fir, white pine, eventually transitioning to lodgepole pine. We went past Greater McGee lake, to find a use trail that led up to Hopkins pass. This was no occasional use trail, it was once well maintained as evidenced by trail building artifacts. Before we reached the small lake at EL 11140 at the head of small cirque (dominated by amazing spires, one appearing as an ocean wave starting to crash), we went X-country up a short scramble to the top of a set of slabs, where we again found the trail leading to Hopkins pass. (If we had stayed on the use trail, we would have gotten to the same spot).
Then, it was a talus-hopping, krummholtz dodging, 250 foot gain to a minor prominence along the ridge, and then down to where Bob Burd descended on his double summit of both Crocker and Huntington. From there, more of the talus, whitebark pine krummholtz, to the summit block. We approached from the southwest along the ridge, and followed some descent trails to the summit block. There is one easy CL3 move to attain the summit.
We watched the clouds moving in, and decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and made for a vamoose . We took Bob Burd's descent route around a small pinnacle at the col. Steep, loose, not something you would want to ascend. Eventually, we found a route down to the lake through some CL3 cliffs, and in my case, CL2 wigglings through willow brush. I found a nice CL2 descent down the cliffs near a dead tree, obvious on the descent route above the lake.
A nice climb, and a long 12 hour day!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||6050 ft / 1844 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||19 mi / 30.6 km|
| Trailhead:||6408 ft / 1953 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Sunny, with T-storms coming|
| Time:||7 Hours |
| Time:||5 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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