Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2012-08-07
|Others in Party:||Petter Bjørstad|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 7, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Summit:||Car|
| Elevation:||6040 ft / 1840 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA 41km pre-breakfast drive-up from our motel in Libby during a rest day between Mt Cleveland and Snowshoe Peak.
From Libby we drive 1.1mi E on US37 to N48.40113 W115.54153 then 7mi N on Pipe Creek Road. At the 7mi marker we turn R at N48.48231 W115.52508 onto a good gravel road signposted Blue Mountain Lookout 11 miles. There are a few minor turnings but staying on the main dirt road we reach two comms towers, a vehicle and, set back a little, a 94ft tall fire lookout tower. We have a relatively high clearance vehicle: a normal car would probably make it with care although the road does deteriorate higher up.
There are two rock outcrops vying for highest-point status. Petter thinks the one bearing the lookout (and also a Forest Service survey marker, N48.49876 W115.45321) is higher: I think the other (southern) outcrop (N48.49868 W115.45305, 1837m) probably has the edge: they differ by maybe a few inches.
Petter decides to climb the lookout stairs, whereupon the guy manning the lookout shows up and unlocks the lookout cabin and is happy to chat for a while (we guess he doesn't see much company). Snowshoe Peak stands out to the W but otherwise the view is entirely of forested mountains.
We head back down (note it's necessary to fork L on leaving the summit), arriving back at Libby 2 hours after we left.
Blue Mountain photo album
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| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Route:||Blue Mountain Road|
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