Ascent of Jolly Mountain on 2016-06-25

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Jolly Mountain
    Elevation:6443 ft / 1963 m

Ascent Trip Report

I originally tried for Polallie Ridge but ran into a gate earlier than expected. Went to go take a look at Jolly. Fortunately the gate at 3000' was open. Tried this peak once before and it was locked. Actually, there was no padlock and someone had left the gate closed but outside of the locking post. I pushed it open and secured it with a rock. Was a little worried about getting locked in. Drove the road all the way up to 5040' where it ends. This is probably high clearance, certainly no 4WD needed. It's all public land AFAICT. It is narrow, exposed and a little down sloping so drive carefully. From the road end, the trail from Sasse Mtn comes in and you take this trail on your left for a few minutes until it rejoins the road past the berms and downed trees and such. Continue on the road/trail until the road part dies at a switchback at 5500' and becomes trail. Pretty much just follow this, ignoring several side trails, to the summit. Trail is in good shape. For the last 500' vertical as you start to go up the N ridge there gets to be a fair amount of snow still lingering and it will be for a while. I just more or less headed up hill and the gradient isnt too bad. But it would have been nice to have poles or an axe as a slide could easily end in a collision with one of numerous trees. Anyway, made it up and the last bit was snow free on the ridge. Windbreak and rocky little bump. Some good views. Pleasant trip overall.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1703 ft / 518 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Jolly Mtn Trail
    Trailhead:Road 4315  5040 ft / 1536 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Cloudy turning sunny

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