Ascent of Red Mountain on 2021-05-02

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 2, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Red Mountain
    Elevation:5880 ft / 1792 m

Ascent Trip Report

Google to the popular trailhead.

Highly recommend as a compact Spring conditioner (5 miles RT from TH, 3325 feet gain). Red Mt could be done year-round to varying degrees of pleasantness. Avy risk in upper bowl but can mostly be avoided by staying on ridge. Would make for great ski tour, which I saw evidence of on my previous attempt.

Grudge climb after abandoned attempt 3 years ago. Snow was more melted and consolidated this time, though I was prepared to summit despite any effort.

Was able to just barely make it to TH in Honda Element. Intermittent snow on road is deeply rutted with risk of high centering but snow is compacted enough to make it through. Will melt rapidly in coming weeks. Distance from parking just after bridge is 1.5 miles and 350 feet gain one way - popular snowmobile and snowbike road though.

07:00 start was 90 minutes later than I had planned but still worked out okay. Snow was softer than I wanted but boots and crampons was sufficient. Mostly solid snow from TH though punchy below 3000. Consistent snow coverage from 3900 at the second road bed. Steepest part is 4400-4600, but with a panorama payoff right after! This is the point we turned around last time after tortuous waist-deep post-holing. This time I had a few postholes but was able to quickly pass.

The sun was blazing so I hugged the trees until the summit block both for shade and for better snow. Stellar range views the entire upper section and cool view of the North cornices on Red Mt North. Topped out on Red Mt North (may be the higher point!) then traversed along ridge to Red Mt. Multiple ridge drifts and cornices from wind but all with plenty of buffer to either side.

Descended the same path. Lots of snow bikes on entry road. Snow patches on road had softened but I made it over all of them without incident.

1/1 ACCESS (roads, restrictions) - Google to the popular trailhead.
0/1 REMOTENESS (popularity, sight/Sound) - likely not ever many on route, but the annoying buzz of snowmobiles and snowbikes is unavoidable
1/1 CONDITION (trail/route) - snow-covered but route is straight-forward
1/2 VARIETY (flora/fauna, geology, terrain) - would be boring if not for sound of creek and the cliffs of the ridge just South
2/2 VIEWS (frequency, quality) - killer views of Stuart group, Daniel, Alpine Lakes wilderness!
1/1 AWE (does it inspire) - great views for such a short hike
1/2 DANIEL FACTOR (would I enjoy climbing this again: 0=No, 1=Meh, 2=Yes) - I'd be interested to see these views in Summer.
TOTAL 7/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3131 ft / 954 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    Trailhead:Red Mt TH  2749 ft / 837 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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