Ascent of Shellback Wilderness High Point on 2016-06-05

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Anji Cerney -- Trip Report or GPS Track
M Evans
Harlan Stockman
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Shellback Wilderness High Point
    Elevation:9360 ft / 2852 m

Ascent Trip Report

We approached our trailhead from the south, driving about 26.5 miles of mostly decent dirt road from US-6 (NF-402 to NF-400). While I didn't drive it so I don't know the condition, one can arrive from the north- only 13 miles on NF-400 from US-50.

The spur road shown on the topo map is closed with large boulders blocking the base of it. From the top, a trail goes on a ways, but eventually one must do some annoying bushwhacking to get to the base of the mountain, where the brush fades out. From this summit, it looked as though Cottonwood Benchmark (the next peak north) was clearly taller, so we traversed over to get that one as well. From there, this summit (the middle one) looked taller. As expected, the summit(s) offered great views. We also enjoyed seeing quite a bit of large wildlife, given the short time we were there- several groups of large game, and four horses relaxing at a snow patch just north of the north summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1300 ft / 395 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1300 ft / 395 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1100 ft / 335 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:West side
    Start Trailhead:NF-400 @ 8260  8260 ft / 2517 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1200 ft / 365 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1100 ft / 335 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:West side
    End Trailhead:NF-400 @ 8260  8260 ft / 2517 m
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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