Ascent of Oxford Peak on 2017-08-27

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Oxford Peak
    Elevation:9282 ft / 2829 m

Ascent Trip Report

i suspect this is the wrong season to do this hike: too hot, too many grasshoppers, and no flowers. although given the number of cows i'm not sure flowers would last long. the cows were good for one thing though: they make nice trails through the bushes, generally following contour lines too.

on the way out i mostly followed the road, which goes up and over every bump. the most annoying is point 9098: the road on the south side is OK, but on the north it's just a steep slippery mess. on the way back i wanted to avoid this: it turns out there's a great use trail that leads around the west side of 9098. the north side of this use trail is very obvious, it's great single track (and goes past two trees which offer some shade, which was the only shade of the hike). however the south side of the trail is a bit less clear... if you look closely you'll see i backtracked a bit: the junction of that backtrack is a cow trail intersection. i wasn't sure which way i wanted to go, and in the end went about side-hilling until i rejoined the road at a saddle. if you want to find the use trail just aim for the junction where i backtracked, you should be able to find cow trails which get you there.

i couldn't figure out an obvious way to avoid oxford ridge on the way back... i'm sure there is one, but by that point i didn't want to risk adding too many miles.

i carried 4L and finished 3L at mile 11.2.

oh the drive in was definitely 4x4 high clearance, and it was uncomfortable in a vehicle as wide as my range rover (but not impossible).

p.s. i'm pretty sure the high point should be on the southern summit (south of the benchmark location). caltopo's DEM shows points as high as 9308' on the southern summit. andrew kirmse's data shows the high point at:

Latitude: 42.2675
Longitude: -112.0964
Elevation: 9307
Key saddle latitude: 42.3473
Key saddle longitude: -112.5845
Prominence: 4042
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3931 ft / 1197 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3931 ft / 1197 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
low 80s at summit, occasional breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3231 ft / 984 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2331 ft / 711 m; Extra: 900 ft / 274m
    Loss on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Route:oxford ridge
    Start Trailhead:6951 ft / 2118 m
    Time:3 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3031 ft / 923 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2331 ft / 711 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Gain on way out:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    End Trailhead:6951 ft / 2118 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: oxford ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Oxford Ridge2017-08-27 a 
2Oxford Peak2017-08-27 b3931 ft / 1198 m
Total Trip Gain: 3931 ft / 1198 m    Total Trip Loss: 3931 ft / 1198 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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