Ascent of Quartz Peak on 2015-12-13

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Josef Nuernberger
10 others
Date:Sunday, December 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Quartz Peak
    Elevation:4052 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road to the trailhead was in great condition, but had enough sand to want 4WD. Most of the worst sand on Riggs Road could be bypassed by a makeshift road just to the south of Riggs Road. As stated elsewhere, to get to the trailhead take Riggs Road to the east end (involves about 5 miles of dirt), then make a right, go about 2 miles, then make a left and follow that to the trailhead (about another 2 miles).

The trail is in great shape until about the last quarter mile where a route (or multiple, in places) is/are cairned. The summit is remarkable white quartz and is visible for most of the last mile or so of the trail. There are several ways up the final block, most appeared to involve a tiny bit of class 3 (the only class 3 on the hike).
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Quartz Peak on the left (the white peak), with Butterfly Mountain to the right, as seen from the Quartz Peak trail (2015-12-13). Photo by Eric Kassan.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2592 ft / 789 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Quartz Peak trail
    Trailhead:Quartz Peak trailhead  1560 ft / 475 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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