Ascent of Old Snowy Mountain on 2015-09-12

Climber: Daniel Mick

Others in Party:Lori Freeman (LD)
Hillary Beard
Mary Godwin
Richard LaDuke
Larry Solomon
Tony Spiering
Date:Saturday, September 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Old Snowy Mountain
    Elevation:7880 ft / 2401 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped overnight at Berry Patch TH. Departed Snowgrass Flats TH at 0500. Headlamps for until ~0730. Slow/Moderate pace since beginner group. Summitted at 1030. Well-signed and well-traveled trail all the way to the summit. Could be confusion at a couple junctures; refer to numerous trip reports all over web for clarification.

Encountered a couple dozen hikers on way up - encountered 100+ hikers of all ages, gear, dogs, horses, etc. on way down. EXTREMELY busy weekend destination. And for good reason: the sweeping alpine visits, towering guardian peaks, wide terrain and visual variety, interesting geology, gentle climb, etc. make this one of the single best "value" climbs I've ever done. Premier first-exposure climb for someone new to mountaineering, especially if combined with an overnight on the alpine meadows.

Scoped out surrounding peaks and will definitely be back for Hawkeye, Jackson, Ives, and Gilbert in the near future. The payoff is immense for the region.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17 mi / 27.4 km
    Route:Snowgrass Flats TH
    Trailhead:Snowgrass Flats TH  4280 ft / 1304 m
    Grade/Class:MAZ A
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Clear hot late Summer day. Low haze on distant peaks from wildfires.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 

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