Ascent of Antler Point on 2008-04-07

Climber: jeff branin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, April 7, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Antler Point
    Elevation:6161 ft / 1877 m

Ascent Trip Report

Alright, here's the hike i did the day after Courtney and Company did
me in. Drove up East Rt 9 to just before Checkerboard Mesa. Parked
on the north side of the road and began hiking the drainage south
between Checkerboard and the mesa to the west. About a mile upstream
and just before beginning the ascent to the pass between the mesas, a
drainage comes in from the west. I hiked up the slickrock between
the two drainages and visited an arch just below the (not
Checkerboard) mesa cliffwall.

I returned, hiked up to the pass and headed south, actually SSW. If
you refer to your Springdale East topo , I can report that i traveled
near the 6000 contour line and then up than little bitty circle about
3/4s of an inch below the 6.

This, in all seriousness, was my Courtney-inspired moment of the day.
I made it to the summit. Granted it wasn't much of a summit. Couple
hundred feet rise, class one ascent, although there was a bit of a
dull knife edge ridge. No register on top, just one deer antler.
Nice views, though. I dubbed it G-Z. From the top of this knoll, I
descended in a northwesternly direction so as to pass thru the pass
between the mesa west of Checkerboard; actually between benchmark
X6537 and the smaller prominence just to the west. There is a well
used trail (deer and human) thru the gap. Continuing thru the gap
and easily down drainage northwards towards Rt 9, I looked back and
observed a sizable arch above the third drainage, counting west to
east. I tried to climb up to the arch. No go. Even if I had on the
Exum Ridges(back in the car), I still couldn't have reached the arch
due to pouroffs/cliffs. Perhaps there is a route from the back/south
side? I continued on down the drainage to Clear Creek, passed under
Rt 9 and then exited Clear Creek back to car. Relatively short hike,
but lots to see and visit.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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