Ascent of Esmeralda Peak - Middle Peak on 2016-06-01

Climber: Roger Gervin

Others in Party:Elle Mclees
Rodney Yates
Date:Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Esmeralda Peak - Middle Peak
    Elevation:6407 ft / 1952 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lots of people have done the twin west summits of Esmeralda Peak... and a few people have done the two east summits... but hardly anyone has done Esmeralda's Middle Peak (Point 6407).

Starting from the north end of DeRoux Campground, we began hiking on DeRoux-Boulder Trail #1392... made the bridge crossing of the N. Fork Teanaway River and quickly left the trail and followed a faint path to ~5000 feet... where we left the path and headed uphill on steeper terrain to the south side of the summit block of Point 6407.

Earlier in the day as we neared the trailhead we got a pretty good view of Point 6407... and based on that view we decided that when we reached 6407's summit block, we would try to reach the summit via the west ridge because it looked like it might offer a friendlier route. Well... as we all know, decisions based on long-range views do not always turn out to be correct... and when we reached the west side of the summit block, it was immediately obvious that if this was the best route, there was no way that we would reach the summit... and the north side appeared to be impossible.

Realizing that the west and north routes would not work, we worked our way down a bit and back around to the south side of the summit block... where I started up some Class 3 rock that quickly required a Class 4 move that seemed reasonable for going up, but very questionable if I had to come back down the route.

With the north side of the summit block being impossible, and having ruled out the west side and south side, there was only one other option remaining... so we continued traversing along the south side of the summit block to take a look at the east side... and voila, a very friendly Class 2 route to the summit (6407')... that offered broad views.

4.9 miles roundtrip, gaining 2790 feet of elevation... with 95 percent of our steps being on a faint path at best.

A very energetic person could probably get all five of these summits in a single day.

Photos, trailhead directions and downloadable GPS track of our trip to the Middle Peak of Esmeralda Peak.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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