Ascent of Lost River Mountain on 2013-06-12

Climber: Kelsey Backen

Others in Party:Brian
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Lost River Mountain
    Elevation:12078 ft / 3681 m

Ascent Trip Report

~5 hour ascent from parking at the end of the two tracked road. We got stuck a few times with some technical stuff when we didn't take a wide enough birth to the east around the bump directly between the road and the super gully. In hindsight, the only obvious path up is approximately a quarter of a mile before the end of the road, heading off up the mountain. Once your in the correct draw it's probably 2.5 hours of drainage hiking to the saddle before the Super Gully. Once in the Super Gully it's another 2 hours of loose scree (very tiring) or snow climb (the better option). On June 12 we had minimal snow with poor snow conditions. There were three sections of snow rather than one continuous band, and the snow was soft (kicking steps) rather than ideal for our crampons. Once we made the true summit we decided to summit another peak further north, only to find out it is also called Lost River Peak - North. Our decent took us 2 hours and we were back at the car in 8 hours with two peaks bagged.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4392 ft / 1338 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4392 ft / 1338 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3, Sketchy Rid
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Overcast
Decent temperature for a grunt of an uphill.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4392 ft / 1338 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4342 ft / 1324 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Super Gully
    Start Trailhead:7736 ft / 2357 m
    Time:5 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4342 ft / 1323 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Super Gully
    End Trailhead:7736 ft / 2357 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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