Ascent of Smith Mountain on 2018-01-14

Climber: William Chen

Date:Sunday, January 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Smith Mountain
    Elevation:5111 ft / 1557 m

Ascent Trip Report

Of all the peaks on the HPS list that are pretty much exclusively hiked by the HPS, this one is probably the most popular. It's a pretty nice peak in general.

I joined a Sierra Club outing led by Peter and Ignacia Doggett, and Jin Oak Chung. We started from Highway 39 near Crystal Lake, ended below Coldbrook Ranger Station.

You have to drop a bunch from Crystal Lake. The route is very obvious and you can see the saddle you're aiming for. It's a little rocky and pretty steep, but the sand is soft and going down shouldn't be panic inducing.

Once down at the saddle, there's an obvious way up to the top. Follow this well-trodden footpath up. There are some very steep sections, but there's nothing challenging unless you're extremely out of shape.

After this, we descended to a lower portion of Highway 39 via the eastern potion of the Bear Creek Trail. This part was trivial.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Smith Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 54952018-01-14 a 
2Smith Mountain2018-01-14 b 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Chen
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