Ascent of Carbon Peak on 2017-07-03

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Carbon Peak
    Elevation:12079 ft / 3681 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used the old trail for this one. It is not often maintained, and hard to follow in spots. A few notes:

There is parking on the west side of the road. The trail goes through a meadow area down to the creek, and is faint through the vegetation.

As of the time of my visit, the creek was running high enough that I was barely able to find one spot where I could cross with mostly dry boots. However, I'm told this was a very high snow year, so I'm guessing this would be less of a problem in early July of a normal year, and certainly shouldn't be a big issue later in the year. All the same, be prepared for a possible ford.

On the far side of the creek I scrambled up the bank and looked for the trail. It was not obvious, but eventually I picked it up. There were faint treads of a jeep road through the grass and other vegetation, and the aspens along the track were often blazed with three parallel vertical lines.

At about 9200' I picked up a very clear path, which seemed to be an old mining road. At about 10000' I took a path that dead-ended - I think I should have gone up (left) on a less distinct path here but I didn't see the top of this on the way down so I don't know. From here to 10400' I had some issues following the path, especially in the gully between 10300' and 10400' where the trail used to be but there is a lot of blowdown. I think if I were going back, I'd very likely just stay on the ridge top over or near point 10485.

From 10400' to the summit there was a relatively good, generally cairned path to about the point where the trail dies on the topo, and an easy ridge stroll from there to the register and benchmark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3122 ft / 951 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:old trail
    Trailhead:Along Ohio Pass road  9037 ft / 2754 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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