Ascent of Chocolate Peak on 2021-07-16

Climber: William Inman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 16, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chocolate Peak
    Elevation:9402 ft / 2865 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the saddle at "Contact Pass", I didn't see any clear trail up Chocolate Peak - just the trail continuing to the right (west) up Mt. Rose. So I turned left (east) and fought my way up through the manzanita and volcanic rockslide stuff until, about 3/4 of the way to the top I saw tracks and a faint indication that that's where people had been walking. So on the way back down, I made an effort to follow those tracks (or "trail", as it were) until I got to an area where the brush had been cleared in about an 8 to 10 ft. wide swath and in a straight cleared strip straight down the slope. Long-dead branches & stuff were laying around, but it was still much easier walking than fighting my way up through the live stuff had been.

This cleared area was VERY straight - almost like what you see cleared for a power line or pipeline, so it should be easy to spot. Where I finally came back out on the saddle, it was, I'd say, about 150 or 200 ft. south of where the trail turns right to go up Mt. Rose. That spot where the trail turns is also marked by 2 tall posts - one galvanized steel pipe and the other a wood 4x4 in a large pile of rock. So again, if I were to ever wanna do this peak again, I'd continue the couple hundred feet south, past those posts, and then hang a left and go up that cleared strip. ;-)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3173 ft / 967 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 and 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
nice. windy on top
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3173 ft / 967 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:.... nsp ... jones/church's pond/mt. rose trails
    Start Trailhead:Galena Creek Park  6229 ft / 1898 m
    Time:3 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:same (almost)
    End Trailhead:Galena Creek Pard  
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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