Ascent of Mount Grafton on 2014-09-23

Climber: David Porter

Others in Party:Larry Dwyer
Date:Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Grafton
    Elevation:10990 ft / 3349 m

Ascent Trip Report

The stats include summiting Mount Grafton twice, once from the north and once again from the south after tagging the Lincoln County High Point (s) on the south ridge. Total Distance for this interesting alternative route is 15.8 miles. Total time for us was 11 hours including lunch, breaks, and an unintended detour.

Robbers roost TH sits on a broad grassy knoll at the end of the road. We found it to be a great place to dry camp. In fact, we liked it so much, we stayed two nights; both before and after the hike. Bring your binocs or celestial telescope as the stargazing is spectacular, especially on moonless nights. The site has some old growth mountain mahogany and a few pinion pines. It can easily accommodate a small group with several vehicles and has adequate turn around. The access road is 4wd, high clearance, though not particularly steep. It's well signed and starts off as a good gravel road. However, it soon deteriorates due to gully erosion. It also ponds water in places and can be very muddy. It is best traveled after a dry spell, unless you're comfortable mudding.

The TH has a Wilderness interpretive sign, since the entire route is within the Mount Grafton Wilderness. The first half of the hike follows an abandoned road, then it's cross country mostly along ridge tops. This hike requires route finding amidst aspen thickets and along broad pine-covered ridges. Carrying at least one GPS per group is very helpful. Boulder fields surround the upper summit on all sides providing some easy scrambling opportunities. Be sure to look for the bristlecone pines near the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4824 ft / 1470 m
    Extra Gain:942 ft / 287 m
    Route:Abandoned road and north ridges
    Trailhead:Robbers Roost TH  8050 ft / 2453 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Grafton

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Grafton2014-09-234824 ft / 1470 m
2Mount Grafton-South Ridge2014-09-23 
Total Trip Gain: 4824 ft / 1470 m    Total Trip Loss: 4824 ft / 1470 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Porter
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