Ascent of Gem County High Point on 2017-08-21
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, August 21, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Gem County High Point|
| Elevation:||7971 ft / 2429 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI followed the driving directions provided by Ken Jones, which are still accurate to mile 26.8. At this point I discovered that FR 646 is no longer passable to motor vehicles at its junction with FR 625. Exploring on foot, I discovered that although FR 646 is not drivable (and not pleasant to hike, due to deadfall and berms), one can proceed a bit further on FR 625 and take the next left (labeled FR 625G1 on the topo map). Keep left at the fork and continue uphill until intersecting FR 646 at 5746'. This road appeared eminently drivable to this point, although I elected to hike it due to driving fatigue. There is an area at this junction of FR625G1 and FR 646 to park, at which point one must continue on FR 646 (to the right) on foot due to berms. Once reaching the old Poison Creek trailhead, I successfully followed the reports provided by Ken Jones and Dennis Poulin.
I achieved the summit at about 10:25, signed into Jobe Wymore's 2014 register, then stuck around for a bit over an hour to watch the total solar eclipse. It was fantastic. The view to the west was particularly excellent for watching the approaching shadow.
I didn't try to retrace my steps exactly on the descent through Greenfield Flat as there's really no right or wrong way to cross it. Just make sure to get back to the Poison Creek Trail vicinity eventually.
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