Ascent of Chocolate Peak on 2012-09-10

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Monday, September 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chocolate Peak
    Elevation:9402 ft / 2865 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the east end of Galena Creek State Park in a big paved circle with many picnic tables in the middle. My topo map does not show some of the trails in the vicinity of Galena Park. It was helpful to have a primitive map of the trail system here, which I got online by googling Mt. Rose Wilderness. The Jones Creek trailhead starts in this picnic area. Took the trail to a junction indicating Church's Pond to the left. Followed trail up to the turn off for Church's Pond and followed it almost to the point where the trail drops down to the pond. Here I turned south and followed the ridge in a bit of bush whacking, but shortly found the use trail leading to Chocolate Peak. It really helps to find this use trail to avoid sections of near-impenetrable brush. The trail ends at about 9000 ft where one hits talus rocks and boulders. Class 2 to the summit from here. Nice view of Mt. Rose.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3052 ft / 930 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Jones Creek trail, north ridge
    Trailhead:Galena Creek County Park  6350 ft / 1935 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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