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Ascent of Mount Gleason on 2021-04-05

Climber: Don Davis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 5, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Gleason
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6520 ft / 1987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked Gleason and all of the benchmarks and high points along the way. Started at Mill Creek and took the PCT, off trail to pick up the Tie Benchmark. Continued on the road to Peak 5671, more road, then ascended the east side of the Gleason Benchmark. From there it's a short and easy hop over to Beartrap Peak. Rejoined the road, and attempted to summit Little Gleason Point. I could not make the summit (about 40 feet shy), but I think that still counts if I understand the concept of not gaining the summit block. If there was a trail, it is completely overgrown. From there, I stopped by the Station Fire Memorial and paid my respects. It made me tear up thinking about those who lost their lives. My son had a middle school teacher who was married to one of the fallen firefighters. Very sad! After the memorial, I continued on the road to Bucket 5930. Got back on the road, and continued on to the Gleason summit and Peak 6502, could not find any register. I descended Gleason on the northwest side to catch the PCT. After about a mile on the PCT, the trail became severely overgrown. I lost the PCT, rejoined it, lost it again... almost three miles of bushwhacking, it was awful. I met a through hiker in the middle of bushwhacking, we were both off trail so I don't know how we crossed paths. I rejoined Mt. Gleason road after old Camp 16, I could not take anymore bushwhacking, and followed it back to Mill Creek. I don't think I'll EVER do this hike again, not because of the length more due to walking a paved road and the sun exposure. I clocked 21.4 miles and 3654 feet of elevation gain. This was the furthest I have traveled in one day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:684 ft / 208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:91 ft / 26 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:630 ft / 192 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 611 ft / 186 m; Extra: 19 ft / 5m
    Loss on way in:19 ft / 5 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:Mt. Gleason Rd.
    Start Trailhead:Mount Gleason Rd.  5909 ft / 1801 m
    Time:51 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:72 ft / 21 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 18 ft / 6 m; Extra: 54 ft / 16m
    Gain on way out:54 ft / 16 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Use trail
    End Trailhead:Peak 6502  6502 ft / 1981 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Gleason

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Tie Benchmark2021-04-05929 ft / 283 m
2Peak 56712021-04-05146 ft / 45 m
3Gleason Benchmark2021-04-05380 ft / 116 m
4Beartrap Peak2021-04-05218 ft / 66 m
5Little Gleason Point2021-04-05168 ft / 51 m
6Bucket Benchmark2021-04-05530 ft / 162 m
7Mount Gleason2021-04-05684 ft / 208 m
8Peak 65022021-04-05840 ft / 256 m
Total Trip Gain: 3895 ft / 1187 m    Total Trip Loss: 3855 ft / 1175 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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