Ascent of Troy Peak on 2013-05-18

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:Austin Hubbuch
Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Susan Murphy <5672> Lorraine Wajda Jose Witt
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Troy Peak
    Elevation:11298 ft / 3443 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was to be Jose's 50th and final peak on the Las Vegas Mountaineers' Club list of classic peaks. He missed it last year with a mishap that nearly took his hand off about a week before the climb was scheduled last September, so this was a big deal to him, and to us. Lorraine and I, and Austin and Eric drove in dark through a thunderstorm complete with dramatic lightning. Forest road 412 was in good shape up to about 6400', when it began deteriorating. By 6700', give or take, it's done. The road is impassable beyond the massive washout there. We met up with three others who had gone up before us in daylight, and we set up camp and made it to sleep finally around eleven p.m. I was up by 6:15 a.m. and we all bustled about getting ready to go. At roughly eight o'clock, Austin and Jose drove up the road about a mile further to where the big washout blocked further progress. From there it was first a hike up the old road past the wilderness boundary, then we continued on deer and elk trails until we came to the broad and exceptionally steep meadow. At the top of the meadow, we gained the rocky ridge line and continued following it up steep and loose slopes through the bristle cone forest, taking 3rd class climbs on good limestone to avoid some of the scree. There is one very narrow section with precipitous drop offs on both sides, but the rock was very stable and easily traversed to the final summit block. Once on the peak, the 360 degree views were outstanding. After the ceremonial champagne in Jose's honor, we headed down to camp and back home. It was a great day on the mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4637 ft / 1413 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Up forest road 412, then up the main ridge
    Trailhead:6661 ft / 2030 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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