Ascent of Spirit Mountain on 2010-01-31

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jose Witt
Tim Newman
Joe Cain
Ali Haghi
Chris Meyer
James Cho
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spirit Mountain
    Elevation:5639 ft / 1718 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an LVMC (Las Vegas Mountaineers Club) hike.

Once over the initial pass, one should aim for going around to the right of the large spire in front of Spirit mountain. As one heads there, one should pick up one of a myriad of use trails marked by cairns. The trails are steep with some loose sand and rock, but I've seen much worse. The only part that gets tricky is when one reaches the final ridge and it looks like the peak is off to the right, it is really off to the left. One must go through a crack in the hill to the left to see and reach the summit. (I recommend a side trip to the east summit, as the views from there are different, and many would say better, than from the true summit.

On the way down we tried the ridgeline, and for a while we were hiking on the east side of the ridge - some incredible views there - but the terrain is tricky and one really needs to know how to route-find and how to climb in order to attempt it. After a while we were challenged as to how to continue and descended to meet up with the main trail(s).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2389 ft / 727 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2389 ft / 727 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2089 ft / 636 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1839 ft / 560 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Standard Route
    Start Trailhead:Christmas Tree Pass Rd at 3800'  3800 ft / 1158 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2139 ft / 651 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1839 ft / 560 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Ridgline -> Standard Route
    End Trailhead:Christmas Tree Pass Rd at 3800'  3800 ft / 1158 m

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