Ascent of Captain Pomin Rock on 2016-08-24

Climber: William Inman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Captain Pomin Rock
    Elevation:7538 ft / 2297 m

Ascent Trip Report

Read Dean Gaudet's trip report before starting, and found it pretty accurate. As the trail approached the "class 5 boulder" near the start, it split, going around it in both directions. I went to the right (north side), and followed it around, looking for a continuation up the ridgetop. Didn't find one. Backtracking lower, I found a trail - "the" trail, I guess, but much less distinct, heading on towards the west, so followed it. In only 100 ft. or so, it intersected a track road and followed it southerly for a ways - a couple hundred yards, maybe, before heading off up the hill to the west again. This trail was pleasant to follow, going over one hill, down into a slight saddle, then up another, all the time heading west by southwesterly.

Eventually, it approached the final ridgeline where it looked like it would be between two minor peaks, but heading more towards the southerly one. It didn't seem like the objective was to the south, so I found a much fainter trail I followed towards the closer (more north) of the two minor peaks. Once on top, it looked like the one to the south was higher, but from the way the trees looked to the north, there appeared to be an even higher one that way. I got out my smart phone and was pleased to see I could bring up the "peakbagger" site from there. The map made it clear I wanted to go north, so I did. Again, as Dean reported, within approx. 200 yards of it, a significant rock appeared through the trees. "Captain Pomin Rock, I presume?"

Sure enough, the east approach appeared much easier than the west or south, and though it took me more than the 3 minutes he estimated, I made it to the top without incident. Once there, it was clear I was in the right place - nothing else even remotely as high in the immediate area. Beautiful views after a beautiful hike & climb! Headed back down and went cross country towards the east until I intersected the trail I had come up on. I didn't see any trails that looked like they went to this particular summit, so if there is one, I missed it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:570 ft / 173 m
    Total Elevation Loss:570 ft / 173 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1, 2, and 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Nice day. Light breeze on top
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:570 ft / 173 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:.... nsp ... trail and dirt roads
    Start Trailhead:watercraft inspection parking lot  6968 ft / 2123 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:570 ft / 173 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:trail and dirt roads
    End Trailhead:watercraft inspection parking lot  6968 ft / 2123 m
    Time:50 Minutes

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