Ascent of Grapevine Mountain on 2021-01-17

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grapevine Mountain
    Elevation:3955 ft / 1205 m

Ascent Trip Report

Warm day (high seventies) with nobody on trail/en route. First time going off-piste in some time. I found this peak more challenging than I expected mostly because of the steep open-country aspect which was cacti-ridden coupled with loose rock and soil. I left the trail head at 0734 hr. and headed up the PCT for the first two miles. At the ravine where most people break from the PCT I did the same and headed uphill trying to contour and side step with some difficulty. When I got to the base of the Grapevine summit block I went straight up. The brush and cacti weren't as bad atop the summit ridge. I reached two false summits before I finally gained a view of the true summit which I reached at 0930 hr. Signed the register and found the two benchmarks then headed back down at 0941 hr. Back at car at 1120 hr. having taken at least three off-trail spills and pulling out a half inch cactus (agave?) needle from my shin. Pre-hydrated with 500 ml of water at trail head and drank another 500 ml upon return.
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Grapevine forms an impressive bulk from the approach along Hwy 78 despite being dwarfed by nearby Granite and Whale Peaks (2021-01-17). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1675 ft / 510 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:PCT/cross country
    Trailhead:Scissors Crossing parking lot (S2)  2280 ft / 694 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes

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