Ascent of Mount Augusta on 2017-07-02

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Augusta
    Elevation:9966 ft / 3037 m

Ascent Trip Report

i followed the summitpost directions. it took about 1h15m from the highway to the trailhead. gmaps will take you there, but it's not aware of the "no trespassing" signs blocking cherry creek road access. if you drive past that turn off, it will re-route you up the desired war canyon road. others have reported success driving this road with a subaru: it has some rocky sections, so i'd recommend good tires, and when you get into cherry valley you will need clearance. i really wouldn't want to be in cherry valley when it's wet.

i used eric kassan's track as a guide. i went up the pack trail on the north side of the spring, and then a bit of up/down across various saddles and ridges, eventually climbing to the summit.

the wild horses do a great job of creating many trails throughout the area, trampling their way through any brush which might get in the way. (they also leave huge piles of feces all over the place...)

on return, as i descended to the saddle south of 9454, i spotted one of these horse trails contouring around the west of 9454. i wasn't sure where that would connect, but i was curious and popped open my topo map. it looked like it would lead me to a ridge that would descend all the way to my truck. nice! so i took this alternate route for descent. it was steep in sections, 40% grade, so it probably isn't a great ascent route (but the pack trail is also no picnic, but it doesn't get past 25% grade much).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2169 ft / 660 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2169 ft / 660 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2119 ft / 645 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1969 ft / 600 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:pack trail
    Start Trailhead:7997 ft / 2437 m
    Time:1 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2019 ft / 615 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1969 ft / 600 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    End Trailhead:7997 ft / 2437 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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