Ascent of Notch Peak on 2021-05-15

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Stacey Kassan
Tim Newman
Jay Houshangi
Coleen Houshangi
Laszlo Heredy
Date:Saturday, May 15, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Notch Peak
    Elevation:9654 ft / 2942 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow! This hike never ceases to amaze me! This time, they had redone the roads, including the one ascending Pine Peak, so I was able to start closer and higher than in my earlier attempts. The road going up Pine Peak still had some challenging sections that I think would need 4WD and high clearance, but Subarus or similar cars with decent clearance could make it pretty close.

Not only the road, but the trail had also been improved - more cairns and easier to follow in some places where it had been a bit challenging. It was still a bit challenging to stay on the east side of peak 9424, and we found a possible alternate trail on the east side of the next bump to the north where we saw cairns descending, but weren't confident of it returning to the rest of our trail, so we headed back to our ascent route.

Please note the GPS track includes the drive back to pavement as well as a waypoint of a nice campsite we stayed out.

Photos are on Flickr here
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2114 ft / 643 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2114 ft / 643 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1414 ft / 430 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 714 ft / 218 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Loss on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:North Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Pine Peak road @ 8940'  8940 ft / 2724 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1414 ft / 430 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 714 ft / 218 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Gain on way out:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:North Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Pine Peak road @ 8940'  8940 ft / 2724 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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