Ascent of Currant Mountain on 1992-06-29

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Vicky Hoover (leader)
Campy Camphausen
Gail Hanna
Doug Hatfield. Doug Hatfield
Pete Yamagata
George&Corolla Hutcherson
Marge Sill
Mary Sue Miller
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 29, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Currant Mountain
    Elevation:11513 ft / 3509 m

Ascent Trip Report

From camp at the White River C.G. we drove County Rd 1163 to CR 1164 (FR 407), then left (south) along Currant Creek 1.5+ miles to a jeep track on the right. We parked here, then followed the old road a short distance uphill before starting X-C up a prominent,forested canyon from which we ascended to the ridge (11,273') south of the peak. The climb from the canyon up to the south ridge was slow going, very steep over loose limestone scree. Bristlecone pines dot the arid terrain. Not everyone chose to continue. The final climb up the completely barren, open south ridge leading to the summit is exhilarating and caution is needed, but it's not difficult. Much more enjoyable than the tedious, steep slog up to the ridge. We gathered for a well earned lunch break, having topped the HP of the White Pine Range, a worthy goal not frequently visited. Several of us elected to return by the same route, while Vicky led a group northward along the ridge to Duckwater Peak. However, only Vicky, Pete, and Doug attained the Duckwater summit on this ambitious loop. By early evening we all had regrouped at the Whitewater C.G. for a well earned happy hour and dinner.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3913 ft / 1192 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3913 ft / 1192 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Very good
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3913 ft / 1192 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:East Ridge-South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:7600 on CR 1163  7600 ft / 2316 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3913 ft / 1192 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:South Ridge-East Ridge
    End Trailhead:7600 on CR 1163  7600 ft / 2316 m
    Time:4 Hours 

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