Ascent of Crystal Mountain on 2015-05-15
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, May 15, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3317 ft / 1011 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTougher than the topo would indicate.
Lots of bushwhacking, a surprising amount of steep snow (to 50+ degrees in short stretches), a few hundred feet of class 4/5- climbing, and the most ridiculous bushwhack (on the descent) that I've encountered - including the Battle of Frozen Devil's Club on South/Echo Peak.
I needed an axe to descend some inviting (but dangerously steep) snow fields instead of bushwhacking!
Moose and bear tracks galore on the ascent.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3717 ft / 1132 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||4407 ft / 1342 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Grade/Class:||class 4|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||3317 ft / 1011 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2617 ft / 798 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m|
| Loss on way in:||700 ft / 213 m|
| Distance:||5 mi / 8.1 km|
| Route:||from east|
| Start Trailhead:||Rd 40005 700 ft / 213 m|
| Time:||5 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||3707 ft / 1129 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3307 ft / 1008 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m|
| Gain on way out:||400 ft / 121 m|
| Distance:||3 mi / 4.8 km|
| Route:||via dam and penstock|
| End Trailhead:||blind slough cg 10 ft / 3 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: 2015-05 Mitkof (0 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3717 ft / 1133 m Total Trip Loss: 4407 ft / 1343 m
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