Ascent of Slate Mountain on 2007-09-07

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Dave Jenkins
Date:Friday, September 7, 2007
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Slate Mountain
    Elevation:9150 ft / 2788 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Quaking Aspen Campground (intersection of CA 190 and Great Western Hwy) between campsites 23 and 24 a prominent spur path leads to FSR 21S78, which soon comes to the signed Summit Tr, a National Recreation Tr. After approx 4.5 miles from Quaking Aspen, the trail crests at 9,000' and a use trail starts here for the final 0.4 mile-approach to Slate Mountain. In less than 1/4 mile the use trail gives out to a heavily bouldered slope, which was too demanding for my knee. I returned to the saddle and waited while Dave completed his ascent to the rocky summit of Slate Mountain. I was naturally frustrated to have come so close (within 150') yet unable to bag the relatively easy peak. To the right of the talus field was a steep, chinquapin-covered slope which Dave descended. It was too steep and too much of a bushwhack for me to consider today,
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2145 ft / 653 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Summit Tr
    Trailhead:Quaking Aspen Campground  7005 ft / 2135 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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