Ascent of Ross Mountain on 2017-10-01

Climber: Robert Luher

Date:Sunday, October 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ross Mountain
    Elevation:7402 ft / 2256 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since hiking to Ross Mountain requires a trip to Mt Baden-Powell, I looked for an alternative to the PCT out of Vincent Gap, so I tried HPS Route 3 to Mt Burnham.

Parked on east side of Highway 2 near mile marker 71. Followed use trail up slope but soon lost the trail and just went cross country up the slop to the PCT. This cross country took about 45 minutes and 1000 feet of elevation gain. Once on the PCT followed it and then a use trail to the Mt Burnham summit.

Next on to Baden-Powell on PCT and then use trail on west ridge leading to summit. Signed register and enjoyed the view of the backside of Baldy while eating lunch. The summit was crowded on this Sunday afternoon.

Next followed the use trail (well maintained) down the ridgeline over a few bumps until reaching Ross Mountain. That part of the trip was easy as it included 2000 feet of descent, but some spots were steep on lose ground. Signed register (which needs a new container). The ascent back to Baden-Powell was hot and not much fun. Had to take several breaks on the way back.

The descent from Mt Burnham to my car was cross country again, as I could not follow the use trail. Ended the day happy to cross off this peak. If it was not on the HPS list, I doubt it would get much traffic.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3868 ft / 1177 m
    Extra Gain:1870 ft / 569 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Use Trail and PCT
    Trailhead:Highway 2 Turnout (Mile 71)  7530 ft / 2295 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Oct 1 Hike

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Williamson2017-10-01 a1664 ft / 507 m
2Pleasant View Ridge2017-10-01 b 
3Mount Lewis2017-10-01536 ft / 163 m
4Mount Burnham2017-10-01 a1467 ft / 447 m
5Mount Baden-Powell2017-10-01 b1869 ft / 570 m
6Ross Mountain2017-10-01 c3868 ft / 1179 m
Total Trip Gain: 9404 ft / 2866 m    Total Trip Loss: 6068 ft / 1849 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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