Ascent of Cain Mountain on 2009-05-15

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Friday, May 15, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cain Mountain
    Elevation:8409 ft / 2563 m

Ascent Trip Report

Home Station Gap is a good starting point for both Cain and Moses Mountains. To get there take Hwy 305 north about 40 miles out of Austin. Just passed MM72 there is an "Antelope Valley" sign turn west(left) immediately after on a well graded gravel road. Follow for 10 miles to a left bearing curve about 1.5 miles past the Cottonwood ranch. At the curve take a right on a dirt road that shortly goes through a cattle guard and then curves to the west, follow for 4.5 miles to the Gap,(ample parking on grass). A low clearance vehicle can probably make it on the (dry)dirt road with caution. 4wd needed when road is wet. Route starts at a fenceline road that heads west for about 3.5 miles into a canyon. From there choose which ridge to take. Note: The cliffs around 8000ft look intimidating but traverse along the base to gaps that lead to summit plateau.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3309 ft / 1008 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Home Station Gap  5100 ft / 1554 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes

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