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Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 2010-08-23

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Monday, August 23, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sheep Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:7646 ft / 2330 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is public land and it more or less has a trail to the top. The trick is that the quad is outdated and that you need to consult mytopo to get the current road and trail info. Approach from the S from near the East Fork Twin Creek. You'll have to consult mytopo for detailed directions but you will see some signs for the TH and the road you want for part of the way is 2117. It's about 10 miles roughly of decent dirt roads to the TH. You'll find the TH at very roughly 46.953 and -113.77. There is a sign and the trail is obvious. However, the first section of the trail is actually a looping and inefficient switchback. For a more direct route you can go right at the TH and then follow the road as it curves upwards in a counter-clockwise fashion until you reach a point where it becomes undriveable. This road/track will merge with the trail (aka retired road) at a point roughly at 6000' at 46.955 and -113.776. From there the trail is followed to the 6100' saddle to the NW. From there several trails merge but you'll go left and take the good efficient trail as it goes along the E face of the mtn and then eventually switchbacks its way to nearly the summit. As you break out into the clear near the top you can find the highest ground near a rock shelter or perhaps some ground maybe 50' down the ridge. The TH sign claims 5 miles each way but we felt that 4 was probably generous enough. It's a good trail at a good gradient and makes for fast travel. Pleasant peak though hardly spectacular.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1946 ft / 593 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Trail 505 to Trail 513
    Trailhead:Road 2711  5740 ft / 1749 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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