Ascent of High Peak on 2018-05-12
|Date:||Saturday, May 12, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8519 ft / 2596 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKyle and I had originally planned on some peaks near Sierra At Tahoe, but the forecast called for snow. We figured Monitor Pass might have a little less action, and when we arrived the sky was clear, there was a breeze but otherwise it looked to be a great day. We followed a jeep road for a mile or so before going cross country through sometimes dense brush over to the summit of High Peak. The cross country was more tedious than we expected. We found Bob Burd's register and were the first signers since he left the register last summer.
We did a weather check, and clouds were coming in but things still looked okay so we continued on our traverse over to peak 7990. The descent off High Peak was very steep and sandy, before leading into more brush. We finally emerged on an old ranch road which ran between the two peaks. We talked about maybe taking that road back to the car, if possible, after finishing peak 7990.
The ascent of 7990 was a lot of fun, lots of boulders and routefinding to avoid brush. We enjoyed this very much. No register on the summit. It started snowing when we were near the summit, and periodic waves of snow bands would occur for the next half hour. We made our way back to the old ranch road bisecting the peaks and even though it meant going an extra 5+ miles to get back to the cars, we didn't want to bushwhack up the slope to High Peak again so we followed the road. It led towards Leviathan Mines, and as we walked the snow intensified, become steady and heavy.
As we went lower in elevation, it turned to rain and we got wet and cold. Before reaching the mine we ran into a family who had driven out there (the husband worked for the mining company) and they gave us directions back to the highway. About 45 minutes later they were driving out in the sleet, and saw us still walking towards the highway. They stopped and offered us a ride in their truck which we happily accepted. This saved us from a tedious walk back to the highway and then up to the cars. At the pass level the snow was accumulating the then temperature was 36 degrees. Expect the unexpected in the Sierra.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1493 ft / 455 m|
| Gain on way in:||1493 ft / 455 m|
| Distance:||6.7 mi / 10.8 km|
| Start Trailhead:||7026 ft / 2141 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 56 Minutes|
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