Ascent of Tin Mountain on 2013-11-09

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Kelley Laxamana
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tin Mountain
    Elevation:8953 ft / 2728 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Ubehebe Crater road in Death Valley, Kelley Laxamana and I drove about 10.5 miles south on the Racetrack road looking for the turnout mentioned in the DPS guide. Not finding a good place to park the truck, we back tracked 0.8 miles to a turn out that had room for about 3 cars and was located at an elevation of 4,659’. Kelley and I got our packs ready and were hiking towards the peak at 7:05 am. As we approached the base of the mountain, we stayed on the north side of a prominate drainage course until we located a duct and the beginnings of a use trail that started up the ridge, elevation 5,465’. A very good use trail went up the ridge, and at about 7,000’in elevation the use trail dropped down on the south side of the ridge to bypassed some rocky outcrops. The use trail stayed on the south side of the ridge and eventually crossed to the north side of the ridge at elevation 7,566’. The use trail rejoined the ridge at 8,043’ just below a peaklet on the ridge. Kelley and I reached a major duct at 8,177’in elevation, where we made our way east and up to cross over the ridge at 8,575’, just a little higher than the 8,500’ elevation mentioned in the guide. Kelley and I dropped down into a wash, which we followed to an 8,660’ saddle located just west of the summit. From the saddle, we headed off east and climbed the last 300’ to reach the summit at 12:00 pm. Kelley and I left the summit at 12:30 pm, following our assent route back to the truck, where we arrived at 3:30 pm.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4200 ft / 1280 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4200 ft / 1280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4200 ft / 1280 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:DPS Standard Route
    Start Trailhead:9.5 miles in on the Racetrack Rd  4753 ft / 1448 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4200 ft / 1280 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:DPS Standard Route
    End Trailhead:9.5 miles in on the Racetract Rd  4753 ft / 1448 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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