Ascent of Old Man Mountain on 2017-10-24

Climber: Louise Wholey

Others in Party:Robby
Date:Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Old Man Mountain
    Elevation:7789 ft / 2374 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove from Jackson Meadow Road to Meadow Lake TH at Summit City. The Fordyce jeep trail descends from this point but there is a right turn from it near the start that goes uphill initially to Prospect Mine (not identified). The road goes for 2 miles, then ends 2 travel miles from the peak. On my way out I went up to the top of the granite outcroppings above Phoenix Lake, then dropped down to the lake. There was a use trail near the lake. I went up to the area where the mine trail was and followed that trail to the summit, around the steep rock wall. The trail was a bit sketchy toward the end.

For the descent I followed the mine trail much further but lost it shortly after the low point, which was lower than Phoenix Lake. I chose my own route and sometimes passed cairns for the trail but kept losing it. I used a GPS to get back to the road.

A GPS track is at

The drive to Meadow Lake has two roads, the first not too bad, the second very rough for 3 miles. Near the lake the road is much less bumpy. There are campsites at the lake that look very nice, well separated from neighbors. In October lots of sites are free. The drive took me about 1.5 hours from Truckee.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1759 ft / 535 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1759 ft / 535 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy
Sunny, clear, warm for late October
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1349 ft / 411 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 479 ft / 146 m; Extra: 870 ft / 265m
    Loss on way in:870 ft / 265 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Road to Prospect Mine then cross country to trail
    Start Trailhead:Just below Summit City sign   7310 ft / 2228 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:889 ft / 270 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 479 ft / 146 m; Extra: 410 ft / 124m
    Gain on way out:410 ft / 124 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Followed trail, lost it, went cross country to roa
    End Trailhead:Just below Summit City sign   7310 ft / 2228 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes

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