Ascent of Jerry Lakes Peak on 2020-09-07

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jerry Lakes Peak
    Elevation:7001 ft / 2133 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my 6020' camp in the upper meadows of Crater Creek, it looked like Jerry Lakes Peak was mostly a gentle ridge that offered easy travel. To get back to the trailhead, I had to travel via Jerry Lakes, and the standard route descended 290' to Crater Creek at 5730', then climbed 810' up to the col south of the peak. An alternate route was to go over Jerry Lakes Peak, adding less than 200' vertical, and giving me another 400' prominence peak for my lifetime total plus some new terrain to explore. I had done the standard route 3 times already (twice in 2011 on a failed Jack attempt).

So after climbing Jack Mountain, I packed up my camp and started up the pleasant meadows of the broad northwest ridge of Jerry Lakes Peak. From below I had noticed some potential craggy areas on the ridge near the top, and sure enough my nice ridge soon became a knife edge with big drops on both sides. Eventually it ended at a 25' high rock step of rotten rock. Darn, cliffed out!

The step had hand- and footholds, but the rock was very rotten and I was solo in a remote area, and it did not seem prudent to downclimb. I could have perhaps backtracked and scrambled down to the scree fan to the SW of the ridge, but I was not sure that was possible and it looked miserable. Fortunately, I had a 30' rope with me, so I decided to rappel the step.

The anchor situation was poor (a tiny dead tree and some bushes), but I made due and basically downclimbed while on rappel, to avoid sudden weighting of the anchor. This worked well and I was down quickly. From the base of the step it was easy scrambling on talus, scree, and dirt to the broad grassy summit, with great views of Crater and Jack Mountains.

The south ridge of the peak was trivially easy hiking down nice meadows to the col where I picked up the standard Jack approach route and headed down to Jerry Lakes.

It's a shame about the one rock step, otherwise this would be a very nice alternate route to Jack.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2311 ft / 704 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6431 ft / 1960 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Grade/Class:Low 5th Class
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:981 ft / 299 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Crater Creek Meadows  6020 ft / 1834 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6431 ft / 1960 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5101 ft / 1554 m; Extra: 1330 ft / 405m
    Gain on way out:1330 ft / 405 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:Jerry Lakes
    End Trailhead:Canyon Creek TH  1900 ft / 579 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2020 - Jack Mountain (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Jack Mountain2020-09-07 a9306 ft / 2836 m
2Jerry Lakes Peak2020-09-07 b2311 ft / 704 m
Total Trip Gain: 11617 ft / 3540 m    Total Trip Loss: 14591 ft / 4447 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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Statistics by Day

Day Elev. Gain Elev. Loss Distance Hiked Max Elev. Camp
# Date Description Ft M Ft M Mi Km Ft M Name Ft M
12020-09-07Jerry Lakes Pk to Crater Lake231170426318024.947.9571202170Crater Lake View Camp71202170
22020-09-08Hike down to Car380011584.577.3555700173757001737

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