Sunset Peak Climber's Log
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|Larson1959||Well Worth the Climb! |
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2012
|Route Climbed: Horseback trail to Plateau, East Slope to (North) Center Peak.|
Conditions: 1-2 inches snow previous day, temp 38-42 degrees, no wind!
What a tough challenge...what a rewarding experience. The only thing I probably did wrong was not contact the Rangers. I don't recommend climbing solo. This IS a remote mountain.
I approached from the high plateau --> rim of gully --> up to ridge leading up to (North) Center Peak.
The hike on the plateau is a good 1 1/2 miles. The approach to the ridge is class 1-2. The approach up the SE slope to the (North) Center Peak is a good class 2+.
Thoughts: Winter is probably the best time to climb Sunset. There is very dense brush. Also, there are "Jillions" of boulders and nooks for Rattlesnakes in warmer weather. Next time, I will let the Rangers know my route.
|Posted Dec 29, 2012 10:57 pm|
|Mark Doiron||With Alan Ellis, Lower Marmot |
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2008
|Did a six mile circuit that included all three summits, as well as the sub-summit rock outcropping at the south end of the chain. Windy day, but otherwise great. Sure was a lot of bushwhacking, though. A whole lot.|
|Posted Nov 16, 2008 6:28 pm|
|txmountaineer||Route Climbed: Northwest Gulley Date Climbed: 06 May 2005|
|This was one of the densest bushwacks I've ever encountered! A desperate battle with shrubs and trees lead me up the gulley to Point 2137', where the going became much easier. A series of clearings led up to the main summit at 2255'. I then descended SSW and climbed up to the spectacular top of "Sunset Spire", the southernmost summit of the Sunset massif. I found a better route for the descent, thanks to the local bovine community, but had to brush off 37 ticks in the process (only 2 actually sunk their fangs in). A note to all, May is definitely tick season in the Wichita!|
|Posted May 8, 2005 10:06 pm|
|splandswest||Route Climbed: NW Slope Date Climbed: Around 1995|
|My son Ben and I climbed this peak on a cold morning. I remember the temperature in Lawton was 43. But as we reached the summit of the north peak we encountered solid ice on the boulders with no melting. Light Scrambling, bushwhacking, and bouldering.|
|Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:29 am|
|cruzit||Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: May 22, 2004|
|Sure...let's go bushwacking in the 90 degree heat:) Thank goodness for the clouds. Great hike in the Wichitas.|
|Posted May 23, 2004 3:21 pm|
|Alan Ellis||Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: May 22, 2004|
|This was a great day in the Charon Gardens. Nothing like a good bushwhack to get the blood pumping!|
|Posted May 23, 2004 11:32 am|