Ascent of Red Top Mountain on 2013-04-27

Climber: Craig Willis

Others in Party:Paul Michelson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Red Top Mountain
    Elevation:4640 ft / 1414 m

Ascent Trip Report

The downed tree at approximately 3400' elevation had not been moved or removed in the three weeks since Ken Russell visited the peak. Fortunately, we were able to remove it using a hatchet and saw. Unfortunately, we had to remove several other downed trees along the road. We also had to stop numerous times to move large pointed rocks from the roadway. We were able to drive to approximately 4400' elevation, northeast of the summit. A car might be able to do the same, but more tentative drivers might stop at the intersection with Road 910. There was a sign for Road 910 but the road looked abandoned. If not too overgrown, the combination of Road 910 & Road 915 appears to be a more direct hiking route from 3400', as Ken Russell implies.

The summit is very lame. Unless a person is trying to reach peaks on the Washington Top 200 prominence list, or at least planning to in the future, this peak would not be worth visiting. It is a true dumpster dive.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:270 ft / 81 m
    Extra Gain:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:4400 ft / 1341 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast

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