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Ascent of Steve Peak on 2010-09-07

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Steve Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:5835 ft / 1778 m

Ascent Trip Report

I accessed Steve Peak from the west using Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Lake and then FR 1020. At a sharp switchback to the right, an unmarked good road continued straight towards Miller Lake. Shortly the road crossed a creek where a bridge had been removed. I had to use 4WD to get out of the creek. The rest of the road was great. I parked at about 4,400 ft elevation along the road about 1.2 miles west of Steve Peak.

There is no trail and initially the route looks like a bushwhack. I found a trail of lime green surveyors flagging heading up the slope towards Steve Peak so I followed the flags. They went right where I wanted to go, but ended about 1/3 of the way to the summit. I kept climbing up the slope on a traverse around the intermediate hill marked 5461T on the topo. I wanted to avoid the brush fields on the south slopes and also to minimize the elevation gain by going around 5461 to the 5461/Steve saddle. There are lots of animal trails to follow and also some brush and lots of down trees and limbs to cross. From the 5461/Steve saddle I could finally see my goal up ahead. The south slope is brush covered and the north slope is forested. The dividing line is the west ridge with brush on the right and trees on the left. I stayed in the trees and climbed about 2/3 of the way up towards the summit before coming back to the ridge. From here I followed the ridge up through the brush to the west end of the Steve Peak ridge at an elevation of about 5,600 ft. Thankfully the ridge was rocky and almost brush free from there to the summit. On the summit there are the ruined burnt remains of an old fire lookout. There is also a forest service benchmark for the lookout. There are rocks in the bushes just above the benchmark that appear to be highest point. Great views from the summit. A GPS is handy in staying on course for this one because most of the hike under forest cover with no views. Extending the flagging to the summit might be a good idea also.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1465 ft / 447 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:4370 ft / 1331 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack



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