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Ascent of Spectre Peak on 2018-01-15

Climber: Evan Battaglia

Others in Party:Ian Battaglia
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spectre Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4482 ft / 1366 m

Ascent Trip Report

TH 5:00
Summit 10:20 - 10:50ish
TH 15:10

So about 5:20 up, 4:20 down.

First part on the old sometimes sandy dirt road is easy to lose, especially in the dark. But just keep walking up many of the washes in the right direction and you will be fine (I checked my GPS to make sure I was near the tracks of others). Towards the end of that first section there are a couple small hills to dodge so you might want to be on the road there. Make sure you choose the left fork as the canyon starts to form, otherwise you will have to go up and down unnecessarily like we did.

The canyon narrows and there is a bit of boulder hopping but fortunately only for a quarter-mile or so. Then the canyon gets easier, although there are one or two unnecessary ups and downs towards the end. Upon taking the right turn into the next canyon, things get difficult. After a while there is a cairned route to the climbers right, maybe 50-100 ft above the canyon floor, which avoids some big boulders below. After than the best path seems to be on the left for a while. A little past halfway through the canyon it opens up, you take the right fork, and more fun ensues.

The final bit is fun, sort of a "choose your own adventure" kind of deal. On the way back we followed cairns down a gully and it was easier than the way we went up which approached 4th class.

Overall a physically demanding yet generally satisfying adventure. Didn't see anyone the whole day, although the register showed a visit a couple days a before. The peak seems to only have only about 10-20 ascents a year, judging from the register.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2776 ft / 846 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2776 ft / 846 m
    Start Trailhead:1706 ft / 519 m
Descent Statistics



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