Ascent of North Traveler Mountain on 2017-07-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
Date:Friday, July 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Traveler Mountain
    Elevation:3152 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was pleasantly surprised at this final peak. The approach on the loop was many false summits of fun slabs so the rock hopping and climbing was fun. The summit had a so so peak view, but coming over the top and down the backside I realized that the rhyolite experiences on Center Ridge and The Traveler had now given way to columnar basalt. The backside ledges show this material in several interesting places. Those ledges show outstanding views of the lakes below and the trail becomes quite steep coming down.

Although I agree the counter clockwise tour of the loop is the best way (saving the less steep; less talus direction for the descent - not the ascent) either direction starts with a pretty steep ascent up the ridges. I would hate to slog down the talus of Peak of the Ridges on the way down when you are tired. The North Traveler Mountain Trail is easier with much more class 1 than 2; and Center Ridge is almost all class 2 and 2+ to the top.

Total hike was around 10.7 miles and with all the additional gain and regain and false summits - ends up just under 4000 feet. They say it is 3600 to 3800 feet but the additional gain I added up along the way was consistent with GPS and fitbit readings at closer to 4000 feet of total gain from parking lot to parking lot. Even the "flat" approach hike from the parking lot to the Center Ridge trail up Peak of the Ridges, meanders up and down slopes along the lakes before you start.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:687 ft / 209 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2237 ft / 681 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+, minor 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:647 ft / 197 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 602 ft / 183 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:North Traveler Trail
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  2550 ft / 777 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2192 ft / 668 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2152 ft / 656 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:North Traveler to Pogy Notch
    End Trailhead:parking lot  1000 ft / 304 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Traveler

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Center Ridge2017-07-07 a2594 ft / 791 m
2The Traveler2017-07-07 b700 ft / 213 m
3North Traveler Mountain2017-07-07 c687 ft / 209 m
Total Trip Gain: 3981 ft / 1213 m    Total Trip Loss: 3981 ft / 1213 m

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