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Ascent of Elk Peak on 2012-08-23

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elk Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:8566 ft / 2610 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Elk Pk from the small settlement of Lennep off of road 294. I drove into "town" and turned left. I stayed on the main road and in about 7 miles passed the Castle Town site. In about 2.6 miles from the historical marker for Castle Town I reached the top of a hill with some logging slash nearby. I turned left onto J-8884 which is a lesser road. This road is narrow and rocky in spots but I followed it about 2 miles until it reached my trailhead where there is lots of parking and it is signed for Trail 718 and Elk Peak. Elevation here is 7,663 ft.

The trail is an ATV trail and vehicles over 50" wide are prohibited. This ATV trail goes all the way to Elk Peak. On the way it passes Wapiti Peak with its summit about 50 yds off the trail. I climbed up that rocky summit and could finally see Elk Pk in the distance. The ATV trail gets to the area of the summit of Elk Pk but does not go to the summit. The summit is about 100 ft up a rocky slope. I climbed it directly from the where the ATV trail approached. On top there is some rock hopping to get to the highest point near a small comm shed. Great views. After descending the rocky summit I climbed the rocky outcropping across the ATV trail from the summit. That climb was Class 3.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1553 ft / 473 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route:Trail 718
    Trailhead:7013 ft / 2137 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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