Peak(s):  Tweto, Mt  -  13,672 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2020
Date Climbed:   07/05/2020
Author:  Muddy_Mudskipper
 Tweto - SW Ridge  

My gf and I set out to climb Tweto under a full moon with the intention of watching the sunrise from the summit. Unfortunately, we encountered a serious problem before we even got to the trailhead: despite the description of the trailhead on the route page saying it is accessible by 2WD vehicles, the road becomes 4WD only (clearly indicated by signage) about 2.4 miles before the trailhead / parking area. This added almost 5 miles round-trip to our hike, with a considerable amount of vertical gain, and made our relatively easy hike into an impossible one. In spite of trying to rush up the mountain to beat the sun, time was not on our side. The sun came up when we were around the highest mining ruins, before we needed to head east towards the saddle. With much trepidation, my partner and I decided we were too tired, hungry and unprepared to continue pushing towards the summit. We turned back without summitting. It was a huge disappointment. Hopefully somebody edits the description of the trailhead so other people don't suffer the same disappointment.

There was no snow on the trail/road all the way up to the point that we turned around. There may have been a short stretch for us to cross or circumnavigate had we continued on to the saddle, but that should be melted within the next week or 2. This would have been a great hike if we were able to drive to the trailhead as we expected.

 Comments or Questions

not a trip report
07/06/2020 22:11
condition update

if at first...
07/10/2020 15:28
Next full moon is August 3...I've driven to this TH, or very close to it, three times in a Honda Civic, most recently on 7/8. The road is negotiable to that point, provided you take it slow, use the whole road, and know when to go around or go over, etc., etc. It is a pretty level road, to that point, which helps. The sign overstates the road condition. This is noted on some other websites. Beyond the parking area, the road is much worse and much steeper. On Wed., I parked before 2 water-filled potholes. No need to drive through them. The TH is just around the bend.

Maybe go back and give it another shot. From the vantage of London Mtn., your route looks good. Your car, not mine, so easy for me to say!

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