Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2017-02-25

Climber: Jay Smith

Others in Party:Jim Green
Jamie West
Date:Saturday, February 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Mountain
    Elevation:6131 ft / 1868 m

Ascent Trip Report

Instead of taking the traditional route to the summit from Coxey Road we decided to add several miles and a significant elevation gain to what would otherwise be a pretty easy hike. From our park point along JF3330 near Arrastre Falls, we followed stream beds, ridge lines, a few motorcycle trails, and what appeared to be the most logical cross country route to the top of the mountain. On the return trip we explored random canyons and did some boulder hopping before eventually rejoining the route we used on the ascent. There were several brushy and rocky areas that required us to alter our course slightly but for the most part we encountered few obstacles along the way.
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Luna Mountain and the distant San Gabriel Range from the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain (2017-02-25). Photo by Jay Smith.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3520 ft / 1072 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3520 ft / 1072 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.4 mi / 16.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Nice, for the most part, but a few windy areas including the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2639 ft / 804 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2121 ft / 646 m; Extra: 518 ft / 157m
    Loss on way in:518 ft / 157 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Start Trailhead:4010 ft / 1222 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3002 ft / 915 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2121 ft / 646 m; Extra: 881 ft / 268m
    Gain on way out:881 ft / 268 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    End Trailhead:4010 ft / 1222 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jay Smith
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