Mount Jefferson


By: Alden Sorbo


On Saturday afternoon six persons arrived at the abandoned mining town of Jefferson City after driving 500 miles from L.A. if they came via Las Vegas as the leader did. Among all the wreckage, the campsite was the best ever for a source of firewood, although there naturally wasn't a very large campfire crowd.

The climb Sunday was fairly long and strenuous, about 9 miles one way with approximate 6000 feet elevation gain. Four people made the summit about 2:00 p.m. after a six hour climb. Coming down, three different routes were taken by the parties. I would recommend to anyone making the climb to take the standard south ridge to the summit and then drop directly off the top into the largest and most prominent canyon, called Sawmill, steep gorges, birch groves, and a bubbling stream.

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