Ascent of Fletcher Peak on 2015-08-15

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fletcher Peak
    Elevation:10236 ft / 3119 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started up the little-used Wild Horse Canyon Trail. Even with yesterday's thunderstorm bringing enough rain to move the smaller rocks, the trail in the canyon is okay and easy to follow. After about 0.8 mile, as drainage begins to flatten out, look for a 4-way of well-defined but small trails, and turn left for the trail up to North Loop. It joins that trail right beside the "Deadtree" (large barkless bristlecone) marked by a small cairn of dark gray rocks. This section of trail is narrow, steep in parts, but easy to follow. A few tree branches and shrubs need to be pushed aside, and a few small trees to step over. Not near as good as North Loop, but you'll likely be all alone, and in the shade.
While at the SE summit, I could hear the crowd of people back at the NW Highpoint. Thanks to brightly-colored shirts, I could occasionally barely spot someone standing on that summit block, while I stood just in front of my summit. With my handlevel, I estimated the highpoint 11ft higher than me, +/- 3ft, and likely on the higher side since I couldn't tell if the other person standing on the highest point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2766 ft / 842 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2766 ft / 842 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2296 ft / 699 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1821 ft / 555 m; Extra: 475 ft / 144m
    Loss on way in:475 ft / 144 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Wild Horse Canyon, North Loop
    Start Trailhead:Cougar Ridge TH  8415 ft / 2564 m
    Time:1 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2291 ft / 698 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1821 ft / 555 m; Extra: 470 ft / 143m
    Gain on way out:470 ft / 143 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    End Trailhead:Cougar Ridge TH  8415 ft / 2564 m
    Time:1 Hours 49 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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