Duane and I were hoping for consolidated snow on the upper slopes of this mountain to help with the footing. But alas it was not to be - there was virtually no snow on the south side of the peak, and what little snow was there was shallow and fresh. So we dealt with the those highly portable rocks all the way up and down. We took a variation of the Miners Canyon route, heading north toward the peak up the draw that begins at about 6,400 feet. The white background on the topo map is ALL talus. We actually used much of the ridge just east of that talus for much of the ascent and descent, but there was no good way to avoid that nasty stuff. We think the mountain should be named "Devil's Rockpile" or something along those lines. But it was great to nail down this Ultra-prominence peak.
Route Climbed: Miners Canyon Date Climbed: 10-02-2004
After finally scouting the mountain out for possible trail-routes, I came across Miners Canyon around 8:30 pm. Hit the canyon (route) around 8:00 am and blazed my may towards the ridgeline. Made it to point 9,113’ by 9:00am and decided to avoid point 10,182’ by skirting around and below the east side. Hit the summit at 10:10 am. Read some of the summit posts in the mail box. Followed my same route back but broke off down a gully before point 9,113’, this was a mistake, cedar trees and brush just ripped me apart. It took about two hours to make it back to the truck which was now around 12:00 noon.