Ascent of Mineral Mountain on 2015-09-13

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mineral Mountain
    Elevation:7238 ft / 2206 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access notes: See trip report for Tip Top Mountain.

Climbing notes: From bump 7462, the ridge drops in a southeasterly direction towards Mineral Mountain. The route stays right on top of the ridge and is marked with cairns, but the terrain is very mellow. A number of bumps are passed including 7393 mentioned in the HPS guide. There follows a relatively steep 400 ft drop to the lowest point, from where a very gentle rise leads one to the summit. The views are not as good as from Tip Top, with vegetation blocking some directions. I did find a register on this peak, going back to 1999. Apparently Mineral does not see too many ascents. On the way back I returned to the lowest point on the ridge, then directly descended a gully to intercept FR 2N02 running along the west side of the ridge. Once on the road, I followed it back to the junction with 2N01 and drove out the same way I came in. The area is very popular with motor bikers, many of which zoomed by me while walking the road and giving me the "courtesy" of clouds of dust mixed with fumes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:370 ft / 111 m
    Total Elevation Loss:630 ft / 191 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:170 ft / 51 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 158 ft / 49 m; Extra: 12 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:12 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:NW Ridge XC
    Start Trailhead:Tip Top-Mineral Ridge  7080 ft / 2157 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:618 ft / 188 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 418 ft / 128 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:West Slopes/FR 2N02
    End Trailhead:Forest Roads 2N01-2N02 Junction  6820 ft / 2078 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Bear HPS 09-15

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tip Top Mountain2015-09-131130 ft / 344 m
2Mineral Mountain2015-09-13370 ft / 113 m
3Heaps Peak2015-09-13280 ft / 85 m
Total Trip Gain: 1780 ft / 542 m    Total Trip Loss: 1780 ft / 542 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mihai Giurgiulescu
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