Ascent of Zero Butte on 2008-05-25

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, May 25, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Zero Butte
    Elevation:3342 ft / 1018 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the junction of OR-19 and OR-260 in Condon (at the N end of the main drag through town), I headed W on OR-260. Note or zero your odometer at this point. At 4.4 miles I turned L on Richmond Rd. The road soon passes near the summit of the hill 1 mile NW of Zero Butte, which is occupied by two facilities: 1) a cluster of small houses and 2) a fenced complex which includes some radio towers, some electrical transformers, and some buildings that look like military housing. At 5.9 miles is the turnoff onto the side road into the cluster of houses.

After careful sighting around the NW area, I determined that the highest ground is around the base of a lone tree in the center of the turnaround loop at the N end of the road in the cluster of houses.

From the NW area, Zero Butte looked lower, but I couldn't be sure, so I parked off of Richmond Rd where a dirt track heads SE to Zero Butte itself. I made the 1 mile hike to Zero Butte. Although Zero Butte has only one 3320' area at a 40' contour interval, I found two distinct rises: one near the center and one near the E end of the 3320' area. It is difficult to tell which is higher; to visit the E rise requires negotiating a fence. There is no adverse signage.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:182 ft / 55 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:3320 ft / 1011 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:25 Minutes

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