Ascent of Mount Baxter on 2017-09-07

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Baxter
    Elevation:13136 ft / 4003 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jim Morehouse and I met in Lone Pine at the Inter-Agency Visitor Center at noon to pick up our permit, drove over to the Baxter Pass trailhead, got ready, then started backpacking up the trail at about 1:30. Just before dark, we found a nice campsite at about 9900' in elevation next to the stream.

The next day, Jim and I day hiked Mount Mary Austin and returned to our camp (please see my 09-06-2017 Mount Mary Austin trip report for trip stats and GPS track).

On the third day, we day hiked up the Baxter Pass trail to Baxter Pass and down the other side, then headed off cross country up to the pass located between Mount Baxter and Acrodectes Peak; the route from the lake at 11,800' in elevation to the pass is class 2 and is full of loose and unstable talus. From the pass, Jim and I climbed up to the top of Acrodectes Peak, staying just below the peak's east ridge on its south side; again, the route is class 2 and is full of loose and unstable talus. In addition, we left a new summit register jar and book. Once back at the pass, Jim and I headed up to the top of Mount Baxter via its west ridge; the route is class 2, and the talus is more stable and easier to climb then the route up to Acrodectes Peak. I was a little ahead of Jim, and passed over the west summit of Baxter and headed over to Baxter's east summit, which looked to be higher and is marked on the topo as the high point. I did not find a summit register on the east summit, plus the west summit looked higher then the east summit, so I returned to the west summit to meet up with Jim. After finding and signing the summit register, Jim and I returned to camp, the last 2.5 hours requiring the use of our head lamps, for a 15 hour day.

On the last day, Jim and I were too beat to climb Diamond Peak, so we backpacked out to the vehicles.

The Baxter Pass trail is steep, very rugged, has many downed trees, is over grown in places, plus the stream crossings were dangerous as a result of last winter's extreme snow fall. Also, camp sites seem to be limited; we found one at about 9900' in elevation, and there maybe some at the meadow located at about 10650' in elevation.

The GPS track is from our camp at the west end of Summit Meadow, and the GPS said our route was 11.9 miles and 6410' of gain. Also, the trip stats are from the Baxter Pass trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10335 ft / 3149 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10335 ft / 3149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:23.9 mi / 38.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8735 ft / 2662 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 7135 ft / 2174 m; Extra: 1600 ft / 487m
    Loss on way in:1600 ft / 487 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.2 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Wests of Summit Meadow  6001 ft / 1829 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8735 ft / 2662 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 7135 ft / 2174 m; Extra: 1600 ft / 487m
    Gain on way out:1600 ft / 487 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.2 km
    Route:See GPS track
    End Trailhead:West of Summit Meadow  6001 ft / 1829 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Gerlach
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