Ascent of Mount Wrightson on 2009-03-30

Climber: Bill Symonds

Others in Party:Tim Trousdale -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, March 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Wrightson
    Elevation:9453 ft / 2881 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this hike from the much less-crowded east face using the Gardner Canyon Tr - Super Tr - Crest Tr route. Definitely need a high-clearance vehicle for the last few miles of Santa Rita Rd to get to the trailhead. The road is closed about 0.9 miles from the true trailhead. Once on the trail, this was a straightforward hike on a well-maintained trail until about mile 2, when extensive fire damage and virtually no trail maintenance or markers made it impossible to stay on course. Prof Trousdale and I ended up giving up on the Gardner Canyon Tr and just hiking straight toward the summit until we intersected the Super Tr, bushwhacking along the way. Once on the Super Tr, the rest of the way is clear-cut. Great 360 deg view from the summit. We were hoping for a glimpse of the Gulf of CA, but there was too much haze and dust. We managed to stay on the trails on the way down, but the Garnder Canyon Tr is a mess and barely discernable for about a 1 mile stretch just below the Super Tr.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3503 ft / 1067 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3503 ft / 1067 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.1 mi / 17.9 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
50s with 30-40kt wind near summit. Decent vis at top but hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3503 ft / 1067 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Gardner Canyon Tr / Super Tr
    Start Trailhead:Santa Rita Road  5950 ft / 1813 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3503 ft / 1067 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Gardner Canyon Tr / Super Tr
    End Trailhead:Santa Rita Road  5950 ft / 1813 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes

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