Ascent of Mount Grafton on 2011-08-20

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Date:Saturday, August 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Grafton
    Elevation:10990 ft / 3349 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a LONG trip, made more challenging by difficult terrain, especially on the north-facing slopes. Following the road until it ends abruptly at 9560' just east of peak 10105' is straightforward, but then it gets interesting.

While one could head to the ridgeline between peaks 10105' and 10195', it is easy to stay east of it, and peak 10195, but there are cliffs on the northeast side forcing one up to at least 9980'. That said, climbing up to the ridge at 10120' adds elevation but makes the going easier (avoiding most if not all bushwhacking). To descend, there is a nice class 3 chute right on the north ridge.

The next obstacle is peak 10310' and it is easiest to go over the top (and not much of an elevation loss to pay). There is a nice clear use- or animal- trail descending the north ridge.

Peak 10562' has the worst brush on the entire hike. In general, the higher you go, the better the brush, but it was never really good.

Peak 10802' is the peak with the Lincoln county high point. Once reaching that (marked with cairn and register) at about 10,640', there is no need to go higher - one can traverse around (involves rock-hopping the whole way) to the ridge on the north.

From there, following the ridge is fairly easy. Stay to the west as you go up the final bit of ridge to avoid extra brush.

Note: While we took a 4WD vehicle to where we started, a standard car could easily make it up Patterson Pass road to 6965', adding about 300' and 0.6 miles each way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5110 ft / 1556 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5110 ft / 1556 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.5 mi / 28.2 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4310 ft / 1313 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3710 ft / 1131 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route:South ridge
    Start Trailhead:Road @ 7280'  7280 ft / 2218 m
    Time:6 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4510 ft / 1374 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3710 ft / 1131 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Gain on way out:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:South ridge
    End Trailhead:Road @ 7280'  7280 ft / 2218 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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