Ascent of Gold Ridge on 2015-05-18

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:Gold Ridge
    Elevation:3412 ft / 1039 m

Ascent Trip Report

Incredible view and easy access from Juneau using the Mt. Roberts Tram ($33). Apparently you can get less expensive, 'local' tickets in 'the valley' (Auke Bay area?).

The weather throughout SE Alaska was perfect for ~2 weeks (70s and mostly sunny), so hiking was a popular pastime. The footing to Gold Ridge was good - mostly trailed with a few short (~20-50') snow stretches.

The view extends to the upper peaks of the Taku icefield (towards Canada) and out over the upper elevations of Admiralty Island. There were hundreds (thousands?) of people at the tram station, many from the four cruise ships in the harbor, but I only saw six other people make it all the way up to Gold Ridge while I was up there for ~1.5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1712 ft / 521 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1712 ft / 521 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1612 ft / 491 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Alpine Loop, then Mt Roberts tr
    Start Trailhead:1800 ft / 548 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Mt Roberts trail

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