26-Aug-94 (from the north)
By: Bill T. Russell
Pat R and I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain on Fri, 8/26/94 via one of the north ridges and found it to be an enjoyable alternate to the standard hike westward from Wildhorse pass. The walking was through open forest on good dirt with no brush or talus although it was steep in places. The roadhead is at about 8250', directly north of the summit, making a gain of 1700' and about one mile distance. The ascent time was about two hours and the descent was less than one hour. We placed a set of duks, not ducks, to aid in route finding on the descent.
From the roadhead cross the stream bed and go up a small ridge at az 220 deg to 8500', then turn a bit to az 240 deg and go on up the hillside to reach the north ridge at about 8800' (168850). From here go up the ridge/hillside to az 170 deg, passing to the left (E) of a steep white rock face at about 9400', and continue to the summit plateau. Then walk 150m east to the summit cairn. I did this rough survey on the descent and it may have errors. I would appreciate corrections and comments.
Someone left a nice red plastic tool box as a register container. A problem is that the top is recessed to allow the handle to fold down and the openings for the handle hinge pins will let in rain with the recessed top acting as a catchment basin. A large flat rock on top might and might not keep out the rain. We slanted the box to prevent water build up but I recommend that it be replaced with a container without holes in the lid.
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