Ascent of Summit Mountain on 2016-07-09

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Anji Cerney -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Harlan Stockman
Larry Grant
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Summit Mountain
    Elevation:10461 ft / 3188 m

Ascent Trip Report

To get to our trailhead, take Antelope Valley Road (a passenger car friendly dirt road) south from US 50. After about 10.5 miles, make a right onto a rough dirt road that eventually follows Faulkner Creek. The road starts out a moderate dirt road (high clearance required), but gets more and more challenging (4WD) the further you drive (overgrown, rocky, and stream crossings). We found a decent place to camp about 7,200'. We pushed on to about 7,640' where a long (50'+) tree was blocking the road. If someone is able to move or cut that, the road actually begins to improve (somewhat) beyond that point, allowing one to drive to the end of the road. That said, if you want to do Antelope Peak, that's way too far unless you want to have to hike back up to your vehicle at the end of the day.

We followed the road until it ended, then continued southwest to the pass overlooking Cedar Creek. From there, we looked at crossing over to ascend the east ridge of Summit Mountain or dropping down to follow the creek (channel) to Summit's northeast ridge or slopes. Neither looked particularly appealing so we continued climbing the ridge on the east side of Cedar Creek. From about 9,840' up I began looking to traverse around the 10,040' point, but eventually was forced to go over it. I was able to bypass the next bump on the ridge on the east side, after which I descended down to the next saddle, then traversed around to the next saddle on the ridge towards Summit Mountain. From that saddle on, there was a use trail leading most of the rest of the way to the top of Summit Mountain.

From Summit Mountain we headed towards Antelope Peak. Descending the north ridge of Summit Mountain was trivial. For more on the ascent (and descent) of Antelope Peak, see my trip report there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3071 ft / 936 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1371 ft / 417 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3071 ft / 936 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2821 ft / 860 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Faulkner Creek Rd @ 7640  7640 ft / 2328 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1121 ft / 341 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:North ridge
    End Trailhead:Pass between Summit and Antelope  9340 ft / 2846 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2016 Summit Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Summit Mountain2016-07-09 a3071 ft / 936 m
2Antelope Peak2016-07-09 b880 ft / 268 m
Total Trip Gain: 3951 ft / 1204 m    Total Trip Loss: 3951 ft / 1204 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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