Ascent of Harcuvar Peak on 2017-10-09

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Harcuvar Peak
    Elevation:4618 ft / 1407 m

Ascent Trip Report

I spent over an extra hour trying to get to the trailhead on this one because some of the roads mentioned in earlier reports don't go through due to new fences. It's not that there's locked gates, it's that there aren't gates. Below are my driving directions which I reconstructed from my drive out. There may be a "better way" but this way works at the current time. I'd recommend taking a car that you don't mind getting some scratches on by bushes encroaching on the road and if you have moderately low clearance like my '02 Subaru Outback, be prepared to scrape the bumper a little. I had no damage beyond cosmetic.

From the intersection of Salome Road with US 60
0.0 R on US 60
0.1 L on Hall St
1.1 R on Indian Springs Rd (pavement ends)
3.1 Straight at the sign that says Indians Springs to the right
4.0 Straight at the fork off to the right
5.1 Straight at 4 way intersection with an open gate (the barbed wire has been cut so it can't close)
5.2 R to follow power line utility road
6.3 L at 4 way intersection to leave power line road
6.9 R at fork
8.4 Straight at 4 way intersection
8.6 I parked at the crest of a drop into a big wash

I chose my parking spot because the road leaving the wash at the other side (as mentioned in other reports) looks a lot more difficult than the road going in. I think any pickup truck could handle it, but a Subaru driver would have to be more daring or have a newer model with higher clearance. If you make it through this, it would be a trivial drive the next 1.9 miles to where I struck off from the road. What makes the drive out of the wash look rough is that it's all one foot cobbles. I walked briskly up the road and in 40min made it past a fork which turned out to immediately reconnect with the main route. Either one was fine. Just after they reconnect there was a big brown boulder about 15' high that was just off to the left. There was a broken line of wall sections made out of hastily stacked rock that may have been a form of cairn building around it. I went up this ridge, not having too much trouble avoiding brush. Normally I wear pants, but I was trying to challenge my preconceived notions of always doing that by going short today. The only downside was that my boots caught a lot of brushy bits that I had to pick out of my socks two or three times. The ridge went up moderately steeply, and rolled over about three times to another section of ridge. Once I finally made it to the top I was in-between the two contending summits. I went to the pointy southern one first. I found the benchmark and signed in. Great views were to be had all around. The wind had died down from this morning as well. Next I went to the northeastern contour where there was a second register. From there I tried to retrace my steps the whole way back. I felt very free in that I got to hike despite heavy delays and 20 extra miles of driving trying to find the way in from Wenden instead of Salome. The day turned in to a great adventure punctuated by two 2000'P summits.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2363 ft / 719 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2363 ft / 720 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2283 ft / 695 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2243 ft / 684 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Start Trailhead:2375 ft / 723 m
    Time:1 Hours 28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2323 ft / 708 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2243 ft / 684 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    End Trailhead:2375 ft / 723 m
    Time:1 Hours 33 Minutes

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