Ascent of Sunset Peak on 2016-09-03

Climber: Travis Brohm

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sunset Peak
    Elevation:10648 ft / 3245 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did a double traverse today. When up a VERY STEEP nontraditional route to Pioneer Peak and Sunset Peak. I started out following the Lake Mary/Catherine Pass Trail at Brighton Ski Resort. One I started to pass Lake Martha, the trail switch backed to the east a little. At the top of this switchback between Lake Martha and Lake Catherine, is where I left the trail and met the ridge that divides the Catherine Pass and Dog Lake area. Once off the trail, I followed a very faint game trail along the ridge. About 150 feet below the top of the ridge (with Pioneer Peak a couple hundred feet to my west), a narrow and STEEP grass and scree covered slope taunts in front. This was my favorite part of the route. Once on the Summit of Pioneer Peak, one has incredible views of the surrounding peaks. Sunset Peak is WSW about .8 to .9 miles from the summit of Pioneer. Descend to the saddle, and follow the well defined trail to the summit of Sunset. I chose to do these peaks in reverse order. Pioneer first, Sunset second. It was incredible. I highly recommend this route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1328 ft / 404 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3/4
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Clear
Cool Day. Clouds and slight storm. Ceiling around 11,500ft. Great Views
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1328 ft / 404 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Lake Mary Trail - Ridgeline between Catherine/Mart
    Start Trailhead:Brighton Parking Lot  9320 ft / 2840 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Catherine Pass to Brighton
    End Trailhead:10648 ft / 3245 m

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