Ascent of Scout Peak on 2014-11-23

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:Louise Wholey
Kathy Rich
Date:Sunday, November 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Scout Peak
    Elevation:2620 ft / 798 m

Ascent Trip Report

Three of us remained to climb Scout Peak after yesterday's Mt. Defiance hike. Started at Bear Gulch trailhead and followed the High Peaks trail about 2 miles up to the saddle with bathroom facilities. From here we climbed and hiked class 2-3 use trails south to the base of Scout Peak about a quarter mile from the main trail. This large pillar marks the south end of the High Peaks in the Pinnacles. We circled around to the south side to reach the start of the Leonard-Horsfall route, which is rated 5.3 and marked by an obvious deep chimney about 20 feet up.

After putting on rocks shoes and setting up the rope, Louise and Kathy belayed me as I climbed up through the narrow chimney. I could not find the rusty hanger in the chimney that had been noted in previous climbs, so continued on up out of the chimney where the climbing got more difficult. I found the piton pounded into a crack a good 20 feet above the chimney and put a quickdraw on it. I continued up at about the same angle along the south side of the peak until I got to a bush that signified the end after about 25 meters of climbing. The last half of the climb I thought was a little tougher than 5.3....very steep with small hand and foot holds. There was a couple of hangers at the top to tie into and belay Louise and Kathy up. The 60 meter rope was long enough, so I did not have throw the rope down for the third and last one up.

After a little celebration on the small summit rock, Kathy set up and rapped down the east side where there was another set of hangers with a chain connecting them. The 60 m rope was more than enough for a double rope rap. An enjoyable little climb!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1320 ft / 402 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1320 ft / 402 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 5.3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1320 ft / 402 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:High Peaks trail & Leonard-Horsfall route
    Start Trailhead:Bear Gulch trailhead  1300 ft / 396 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1320 ft / 402 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:High Peaks trail
    End Trailhead:Bear Gulch trailhead  1300 ft / 396 m

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