Ascent of Flat Top Butte on 2011-07-25

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Monday, July 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Flat Top Butte
    Elevation:4297 ft / 1309 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US-93, about 5½ miles N of I-84, I headed E on ID-25. Call this point mile 0.0. At mile 0.6, just after a slight R curve, I turned L on E Rd. At mile 1.0 I turned L (N) on gravel 500E, toward the large antenna complex on the butte. At 1.4 miles I turned R at a junction, heading into the antenna farm. At 1.7 miles, in the middle of a L turn, I turned R. After just a tenth of a mile more, I parked at the base of the very tall red and white KMVT-TV tower.

I was unable to locate BM 4297 which is immediately NW of the tower (perhaps it is inside the fence). It is clear from visual inspection, however, that the highest point on the butte is a ridge of lava boulders a few hundred feet ESE of where I parked. I made the 2-minute hike through tall grass and scambled up the highest boulder. My GPS confirmed that this is higher than the ground around the KMVT tower, showing 4269 at the tower and 4287 on the lava ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:47 ft / 14 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:4290 ft / 1307 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 

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