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Ascent of Rock Creek Butte on 2017-07-03

Climber: Eric Thornton

Date:Monday, July 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Rock Creek Butte
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9106 ft / 2775 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached from the Pole Creek Trailhead. I parked about 1.6 miles before the trailhead as the road started to become hich clearance 4wd only and I no longer felt comfortable driving my Subaru Forester. It was a nice road hike from there until the

Drive through the town of SUmpter until you reach Cracker Creek Road.
0.0 miles - Turn right on Cracker Creek Road
1.3 - Turn right onto 5536, sign indicating 5 miles to Pole Creek Trail, ignore the sign indicating that the road is closed 2,000 feet ahead sign
3.7 - Stay right
5.0 - Left onto 150
5.3 - Stay right (I think this is road 160)
6.6 - Turn hard right onto 170 at a 3 way intersection
7.2 - Park slightly beyond the gate where road 200 crosses 170.

I hiked up road 200 approximately 1.6 miles until the road ended and the trail began. I then followed the Pole Creek Ridge trail about 0.6 miles until intersected the Elkhorn Crest Trail. I followed this about 2 miles until I was just below the summit at a point where the trail makes a hard left. I then scrambled my way up to the summit. I ran into three small snowfields but they were easily bypassed. I didn't see anyone else all day and I was just the second person to sign the summit register this year.

The views were absolutely stunning and I would love to do more exploring in this area. There was virtually no water available on this hike so plan on bringing all of the water that you'll need.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6700 ft / 2042 m
    Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Route:Pole Creek Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Road 170 at Road 200  2406 ft / 733 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 20 Minutes



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