Ascent of Sonora Peak on 2015-09-12

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sonora Peak
    Elevation:11459 ft / 3492 m

Ascent Trip Report

decided to try this from saint mary's pass trailhead. on the final approach things were a bit more slippery than i would prefer. after chatting with another couple at the top and studying my topo map i decided to try to make a loop of it. there was a clear use trail continuing along the ridge at the top which i assumed would connect with the PCT. eventually i descended to a crevice that i was nervous about continuing down -- i suspect it would have been fine had i come up that way and knew what to expect, but i ended up backing up and coming down through a dry creek instead. after i was on the PCT for a short way i decided it'd be much more fun to go cross-country back to saint mary's pass TH rather than go all the way out to PCT TH and then walk along the narrow CA-108 road.

views were great, but smoke was filling in from the west due to the butte fire.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2301 ft / 700 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2301 ft / 701 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2001 ft / 609 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Start Trailhead:saint mary's pass trailhead  9458 ft / 2882 m
    Time:1 Hours 46 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2301 ft / 701 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2001 ft / 610 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:saint mary's pass trailhead  9458 ft / 2882 m
    Time:2 Hours 8 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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