Ascent of Clipper Mountain on 2011-03-20

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Brian Keith
Date:Sunday, March 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clipper Mountain
    Elevation:4593 ft / 1399 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a fun hike to a very rarely visited peak. While it looks like it would have been much easier from the west (up an old dirt road that was still visible from the summit), I wasn't sure how to get there. So I started from Essex Road just south of I-40. From there it's easy to hike around into the main wash and follow up to the saddle just east of the peak. Going up the last push to the saddle, I recommend staying right (west) - there is firm rock there. The route is class 2 with some optional class 3 moves.

From the primary summit we weren't sure one of the summits to the west wasn't higher, so we walked the .4 miles to the west end, and were glad we did - the views made it worth it, even thought the peaks turned out to be lower. Note the extra .4 miles was added to the ascent and descent statistics.

To descend, we took the northeast ridge. Traversing the other peaks were easy, but descending was challenging as it all was loose.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2859 ft / 870 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2859 ft / 870 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2659 ft / 810 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2559 ft / 780 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:North Wash
    Start Trailhead:Essex Rd just south of I-40  2034 ft / 619 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2759 ft / 840 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2559 ft / 780 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:northeast ridge
    End Trailhead:Essex Rd just south of I-40  2034 ft / 619 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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