Ascent of Ontario Peak on 2015-10-12

Climber: Jim Wick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, October 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ontario Peak
    Elevation:8693 ft / 2649 m

Ascent Trip Report

A rare day...government holiday but the kids still had school. So took advantage to the day to get a hike in. I had bad traffic (I-15) getting to the trailhead. So I started about an hour later than desired. Hiked the Icehouse trail. The leaves were changing along the way. Encountered only about 3 people along the route up. Usually see dozens; bonus for me! Took a break at the Icehouse Saddle before heading towards Kelly Camp and beyond. When I reached Kelly Camp, I was passed by a trail runner. I turned left at the trail junction above Kelly Camp to bag Ontario first. It was a very hot day and the temps even at altitude were really starting to heat up. It was to be almost 100 in the inland empire. Reached the summit of Ontario while the trail runner was leaving. Didn't find a register. Found the legendary can opener. Grabbed some lunch before heading back.

See Bighorn Peak report.

After returning from Bighorn to the trail junction above Kelly Camp. I made sure the lost hiker was on the trail for the saddle before turning on the speed. I was going to be late to pick up my kids. A side trip to Timber Mtn was going to have to wait for another day. The later I got to the car, the more traffic I would encounter heading home. After a quick refill at the saddle (and seeing the lost hiker almost reaching the saddle), I cruised the last four miles in just over an hour; creating some blisters along the way. I reached the car; experienced heavy traffic but was able to be 3 minutes early for picking my kids up at soccer practice 110 miles away.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3787 ft / 1153 m
    Extra Gain:47 ft / 14 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Route:Icehouse trail
    Trailhead:Icehouse Trailhead  5000 ft / 1524 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Ontario Bighorn 2015 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Icehouse Saddle2015-10-12 
2Ontario Peak2015-10-123787 ft / 1154 m
3Bighorn Peak2015-10-12401 ft / 122 m
Total Trip Gain: 4188 ft / 1276 m    Total Trip Loss: 4188 ft / 1276 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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