Ascent of Trail Peak on 2013-10-19

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Trail Peak
    Elevation:11605 ft / 3537 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the trail to Cottonwood Pass out of Horseshoe Meadows and turned south on the well-maintained trail to Trail Pass (an unfortunate name). Easy ascent to Trail Pass, elev. approx. 10,500 ft, from where I followed the PCT westward for a couple of switchbacks, then headed straight up the east ridge of Trail Peak. Navigation was straightforward: just keep heading up. Summit area is marked by a large utility pole cemented at its base into the summit blocks. The highest block requires an easy class 3 move to surmount. There is a USGS marker indicating an elevation of 11,622 ft. I found an ammo box, but completely empty - no papers, registers or writing utensils. Great views in all directions. Descended back to the pass and continued eastward on the PCT to Mulkey Pass in order to complete a loop.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1675 ft / 510 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1155 ft / 351 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1675 ft / 510 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1625 ft / 496 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Trail Pass Trail/East Slope XC
    Start Trailhead:Cottonwood Pass Trailhead  9980 ft / 3041 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1105 ft / 336 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:East Slope XC
    End Trailhead:Trail Pass  10500 ft / 3200 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Trail Peak 2013

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Trail Peak2013-10-191675 ft / 511 m
2Peak 106052013-10-19390 ft / 119 m
Total Trip Gain: 2065 ft / 630 m    Total Trip Loss: 2065 ft / 629 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mihai Giurgiulescu
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