Ascent of Mount Grafton-South Ridge on 2014-08-30

Climber: Gerry Pennington

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Grafton-South Ridge
    Elevation:10640 ft / 3243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made a five hour ascent to the South Ridge of Mt. Grafton. The travel in the canyon was very brushy which is great habitat for elk and they were there in abundance. Numerous pine saplings were torn to shreds by the bulls preparing for the upcoming rut.
Dense stands of White Fir blanketed the north facing slope of Mill Canyon and there were several bristle cone pines near the ridge top.
The summit cairn was hard to find but after checking my GPS for altitude and searching around, I found it; A ROCK PILE WITHIN A ROCK PILE.
The view to the east is spectacular with the Snake Range panorama prominently displayed. Very enjoyable hike!
Gerry Pennington
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Summit cairn and the white canister containing a notebook. (2014-08-30). Photo by Gerry Pennington.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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