Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 2017-07-06
|Others in Party:||Kim Smith|
|Date:||Thursday, July 6, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12497 ft / 3809 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA beautiful warm July 6. With Bishop well in the 100 F it was nice to be high up in the Whites and to have some nice big patches of ice and snow. Kim and I parked at the flat spot off of White Mountain Road, right where the small drainage on the South side of Limestone Peak meets the road. There was a Sno-Cat and trailer parked just off the road and we parked next to it. Thanks to that Sno-Cat and operator the road is in pretty good shape up to the White Mountain Trailhead gate. From this point we just climbed up through that drainage on the South side of Limestone Peak. It was still full of snow but you could stay just to the right on the rock. When we got to the ridge on the top, we dropped down to a ledge just above a big flat area and rock hopped over to the summit of Limestone Peak. There is a nice summit register with a good ammo can and plenty of room to write in the notepad. We stayed a while and enjoyed the view and dropped down the west side of Limestone Peak. We stopped in the saddle between Limestone Peak and Sheep Mountain to take some great photos of White Mountain Peak to the north. We then headed straight up a beautiful sun cupped snow slope that melted out just before the summit. The view from the summit of Sheep Mountain is one of the best I have ever seen. After spending a bit of time taking pictures and enjoying the view, Kim and I headed back down to the saddle and dropped to the South back in the snow covered slight drainage that we came up on our way over to Limestone Peak and back down to the parking area. There is another kind of official parking area up the road from where we parked about 1/4 mile. That spot is perfect if you were to climb up from the East, but we decided to go up from the South and enjoy a different approach that turned out to be kind of fun. The weather was great although thunderstorms were predicted it stayed thunder-free until much later that day when we were down at Grandview Campground enjoying Ice Tea. A beautiful day on the summit with Kim.
|Summary Total Data|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.6 km|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.4 km|
| Route:||South snow slope|
| Start Trailhead:||White Mountain Road |
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.2 km|
| Route:||South snow slope|
| End Trailhead:||White Mountain Road |
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