Ascent of Lichtenberg Mountain on 2017-07-08

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lichtenberg Mountain
    Elevation:5844 ft / 1781 m

Ascent Trip Report

My route was based on Adam Walker's trip report on, linked from this site. It worked pretty well as a relatively short day trip.

Saving 1.25 miles of flat PCT hiking each way by starting at Yodelin is a good idea, but I could not find an easy way to bushwhack from Stevens Road up to the PCT, either coming or going. Both times I blundered into heavy brush and could not consistently follow the overgrown roads in the area, but the distance was short enough so that it was not a big hassle.

The area west of Lake Valhalla is a maze of use trails, and snowbanks made them hard to follow, so I am not sure of the best route from the PCT to the lake outlet. The trail along the lakeshore is OK but rugged, and the area near the outlet is jumbled and confusing with big talus blocks.

My ascent route up the SW side of Lichtenberg is not recommended. I went straight up a chute, and it involved some annoying climbing on steep, slippery gray soil where it was hard to get traction. It was sporting, but unnecessarily dangerous. Much better to use my descent route both ways, the one that swings out wider to use gentle heather slopes the whole way. I managed to avoid serious brush.

I was fighting a cold this day and not moving my fastest. I did not attempt the west pinnacle. I met a father and his young son on top who came up from Lichtenwasser Lake. It was an absolutely perfect day weather-wise, my only quibble being mosquitoes in the forest. The hike out on the PCT seemed to take forever, but I was tired.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2704 ft / 823 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2704 ft / 824 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2454 ft / 747 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2244 ft / 684 m; Extra: 210 ft / 64m
    Loss on way in:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.6 km
    Route:PCT/SW Slopes
    Start Trailhead:Yodelin  3600 ft / 1097 m
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2494 ft / 760 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2244 ft / 684 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:PCT/SW Slopes
    End Trailhead:Yodelin  3600 ft / 1097 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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