Ascent of Golden Gate Mountain on 2018-03-28
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, March 28, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Golden Gate Mountain|
| Elevation:||4288 ft / 1306 m|
Ascent Trip Reportmy ascent was lots of fun, the views up top were awesome, but my descent sucked.
on ascent i went further south on the main trail than paul mclellan or sean phillips. i went to the saddle, and then turned right to head uphill toward a less steep approach to the ridge. i followed some animal trails, and then i started spotting ducks. i stumbled upon a really nice use trail, ducked the whole way to the summit. i'm not sure where the use trail intersects with the main trail, but i strongly suggest seeking out this use trail by heading southward on the main trail and heading toward the east ridge as indicated in my track.
the summit is the point marked 4288 on the USGS map, there's a register. point 4288 is the southernmost of 3 bumps, and wasn't obviously higher than the other two. so i traversed the ridge, which was fun, and quickly discovered the northern two bumps were a couple feet shorter.
what i should have done next is retrace my steps and go back down the use trail i came up on... but what distracted me were white paint spots on various rocks heading downhill from the northern bump. now, white paint is a bit annoying: is it bird shit or is it paint? given that the spots presented a trail-like progression of rocks, i figured it must be another use trail.
in practice the paint spots ended up involving lots of scrambling, no use trail, and eventually cliffed out on a downclimb i didn't want to attempt. i didn't have to backtrack far, but i basically was route-finding through loose rock and cacti the whole way down. if there's a use trail on the north ridge it wasn't where i was. (but you'll note my route didn't take the least steep descent -- there still could be a use trail there somewhere.)
i strongly suggest following the southern leg of my track and finding the use trail i used for ascent.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1421 ft / 432 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1421 ft / 432 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.1 mi / 3.4 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1341 ft / 408 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1311 ft / 399 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m|
| Loss on way in:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||1.1 mi / 1.8 km|
| Route:||east ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||David Yetman West Trailhead 2977 ft / 907 m|
| Time:||59 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1391 ft / 423 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1311 ft / 399 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m|
| Gain on way out:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Route:||north ridge|
| End Trailhead:||David Yetman West Trailhead 2977 ft / 907 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 24 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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