Ascent of Lone Mountain on 2013-03-30

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Ken Jones -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lone Mountain
    Elevation:9108 ft / 2776 m

Ascent Trip Report

Using Dennis Poulin's TR we went up via the Springdale canyon route. Don't be fooled by his "Easy & Fun hike" description, it was neither "easy" nor "fun". We followed the wash till' it turned into Springdale Canyon and it was slow going and several places had snow to contend with. There were several class 3 spots but always a fairly direct way to the peak. We left the canyon at the 8200' mark and worked our way directly up the hillside, avoiding snow where possible to the summit. A ammo can register was found in the largest rock shelter and the register book was contained in a ziplock. The peak seems to get about one ascent a year although some years none. The register went back to 1989.

The road to where we parked was 8.5 miles from US 6 (near MP 47) but the last mile or two was very rough and slow going. We parked at 6840' and you could camp at where we parked (fire ring present). I'd only consider high clearance and 4WD recommended for the last two miles as one rock shelf is encountered in the road that a passenger vehicle wouldn't get past. If not so equipped, you'll add several miles to your effort. While our route was slow going (for us), it was a decent route up to the summit. We noted in the register that some of the others who had been to the summit had come up the SW ridge. The views from top are exceptional.

Summitpost page:
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2350 ft / 716 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2350 ft / 716 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2350 ft / 716 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Dennis Poulin route/Springdale canyon
    Start Trailhead:6758 ft / 2059 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2350 ft / 716 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    End Trailhead:6758 ft / 2059 m

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