Ascent of Reids Peak on 1987-08-16

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Date:Sunday, August 16, 1987
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Reids Peak
    Elevation:11708 ft / 3568 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scramble up the couloir on the southeast slope of the peak. Looks harder than it is. Once you reach the top of the col between Reids and Bald Mt., it's a scramble up southeast slope of Reids. Although intimidating from the base it is nothing more than a class 3 scramble, although a dedicated one nonetheless. What makes this peak nice is that few people climb it because of the lack of trail. Its sharp pyramidal profile beckons and Reids is a must for anyone who has enough time to hike off-trail. Closest trailhead to my route is Pass Lake, roughly a mile away. Getting to the southeast base is relatively easy navigation as the forest is thinned out with elevation and one has only to steadily ascend the "benches", a common feature in the western Uintas. It would be a stretch to call this a bushwack - more open country with a occasional wetland crossing that is a non issue although the scree at the base can be cumbersome and potentially dangerous with footing. Distance estimated from Pass Lake Trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1700 ft / 518 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:SE Slope
    Trailhead:Pass Lake  10008 ft / 3050 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Mud/Swamp, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes

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