Ascent of Ashdown Gorge Wilderness High Point on 2011-08-19

Climber: Steven Thompson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ashdown Gorge Wilderness High Point
    Elevation:10440 ft / 3182 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just north of the Cedar Breaks National Monument boundary is the trailhead for Rattlesnake Trail. A 4 mile (one way)3,200 foot decent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek. When the summer sun pushes daytime temperatures above 100 degrees in the desert parks of Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon; cooler temperatures at 10,000 foot elevation make for a more enjoyable hiking experience.

Rattlesnake Trail makes it decent along the Cedar Breaks National Monument amphitheater offering short side trails to the rim for a peek at the colorful limestone pillars called Hoodoos. Most of the trail consists of an alpine ecosystem and snow often stays in the shadows of the tall Fur, Spruce and Aspen trees until late June / early July. The extra moisture, coupled with less heat, result in deep meadows filled with grasses and wildflowers. The views are fantastic, the air is cool and clean. 
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Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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