Ascent of Ontario Peak on 2012-10-18

Climber: Vic Hanson

Date:Thursday, October 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ontario Peak
    Elevation:8693 ft / 2649 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from Middle Fork TH near Lytle Creek, hiked up to Icehouse Saddle and was planning on going to Kelly Camp to set up camp, but before reaching the camp saw what looked like a use trail going up Bighorn so took that. That turned out to be a mistake as the trail soon disappeared and I ended up bushwhacking up the steep slope through the manzanita almost to the top before I ran into the Bighorn Ontario Trail coming up the ridge from the west. After summiting I went down the trail, stashed my pack near the sign that said Bighorn Ontario Trail and then continued on to the summit of Ontario. Returning from there I picked up my pack and then went down and set up camp.

After that I hiked down to Columbine Spring to get water. I was thinking it was before the trail junction on the way down the Icehouse Canyon Trail, so when I got to the junction of the Chapman Trail and still no spring I didn't know which way to go. I decided to stay on the Icehouse Canyon Trail, and just as I was about to give up and try the other trail I saw a glimmer of water down below the trail and thanking the Lord for directing me the right way!

It took 2:26 up to Icehouse Saddle, 50 min. to the top of Bighorn, and 1:02 to the summit of Ontario. At that point I first got around to checking the GPS on my tablet and realized that the screen had gotten turned on somehow and the battery was almost dead so had to shut it off. Total distance to that point was 9.38 miles and time was 4 hrs and 18 min.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:653 ft / 199 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1294 ft / 394 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:653 ft / 199 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 252 ft / 77 m; Extra: 401 ft / 122m
    Loss on way in:401 ft / 122 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:Bighorn Ontario Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Bighorn Peak  8441 ft / 2572 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:893 ft / 272 m
    Route:Ontario Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:Camp  7800 ft / 2377 m

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