Ascent of Larch Mountain on 2012-06-10

Climber: Gregie Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Larch Mountain
    Elevation:4055 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

The actual summit is a rocky pinnacle rising about 10 feet above the level of the viewing platform. I was there on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with 4 of the 5 major volcanoes noted on signs visible, and many tourists milling about. I felt a bit funny about scrambling up to the top of the pinnacle, even though it looked like basic and easy class 3. Also, there was a gap in the protective fence that offered easy access, and no signs prohibiting any climbing, so after hemming and hawing for a bit I quickly scrambled up the side facing the final staircase and tagged the summit. A tourist couple coming down the stairs looked at me funny, but I told them I was a "rock climber" ("scrambler" would have been more accurate) and I was not jumping any fences or disobeying any signs. They didn't seem to care.

Other than that, this is a very easy and scenic peak with good paved road access and a short paved trail to the summit pinnacle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Total Elevation Loss:225 ft / 68 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:225 ft / 68 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 175 ft / 53 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Route:Paved Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot  3880 ft / 1182 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:175 ft / 53 m
    Route:Paved Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  3880 ft / 1182 m

This page has been served 964 times since 2005-01-15.

Copyright © 1987-2020 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service