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Ascent of Sawmill Ridge Peak on 2014-07-03

Climber: Daniel Russell

Others in Party:Philip Boulware
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawmill Ridge Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10325 ft / 3147 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left Paha campground and rode our bikes over to Twin Lakes Resort. From there, we headed up a rocky fire road as far as we could. Then, we laid down our bikes and bushwhacked up the southwest ridge. It was pretty steep and required lots of breaks. Once we reached the ridgetop it was pretty easy except for a brief section of class 3 rock we decided to climb near the summit. The view of the surrounding mountains and Twin Lakes was great and it was a beautiful day. On our way down we headed through a patch of forest the next summit on Sawmill Ridge to the north and headed straight down the valley toward what we thought was a trail. It turned out to be a bad decision. The top section was loose rock and very steep. Then, it became brushy with our "trail" only being a rocky streambed. Eventually, we make it back to our bikes and bounced our way down the fire road to cool off in Twin Lakes. This hike was pretty good but I probably won't do it again. The year before we just hiked to the top of the ridge via the next ridge to the north and that worked out better.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1248 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
    Weather:sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3700 ft / 1127 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3400 ft / 1037 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:along the southwest ridge
    Start Trailhead:Twin Lakes Resort  6925 ft / 2110 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3800 ft / 1158 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3400 ft / 1037 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:through the valley
    End Trailhead:Twin Lakes Resort  6925 ft / 2110 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes



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