Ascent of Troy Peak on 2013-06-14

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Dean Molen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Troy Peak
    Elevation:11298 ft / 3443 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dean and I made a filled a full day hiking Troy Peak. We accessed the peak from the east off of Hwy 318. We were heading south on 318 and reached the Sunnyside Rest Area where I zeroed my odometer. We continued south 2.8 miles and turned west towards the Kirch Wildlife Area. At 5.1 miles we took the right fork, at 9.6 miles continued straight, at 10.9 miles took the right fork, and at 25.1 miles turned right on a lesser road signed as 412. We proceeded straight towards Scofield Canyon ignoring all branch roads. The road was ok for about 4 miles and then started to deteriorate as we entered the canyon. We drove this road for 6.2 miles on increasingly rough road. 4WD is a must along with high clearance. If you don't want to beat your vehicle up, stop at about 5 miles and hike from there. We stopped about 2 miles from the Wilderness boundary at about 6600 ft. We didn't want to beat our vehicles up anymore so we hiked this last 2 miles. We made a good decision. The road is undriveable with a standard 4WD vehicle.

We car camped along the road and started hiking early the next morning. We hiked into the canyon, past the Wilderness boundary sign, took a right up the north Scofield drainage towards Sidehill Spring. At Sidehill Spring we emerged from the forest, stashed some of our water supply, and climbed up the steep grass covered slope towards the cliffs above. Just before the cliffs, we passed through an aspen grove and then encountered the cliffs. We had pictures from a Summit Post page of the route through the cliffs. We never saw anything that looked like the pictures.

We encountered the cliffs at about 9,700 ft and turned right along the base of the cliffs. The aspen trees grow right up to the cliffs so it is a little brushy, but there seems to be a climbers path along the base of the cliffs. We climbed along the base of the cliffs looking for a route up. at about 10,100 ft and maybe a half mile from where we first encountered the cliffs we found a talus filled drainage that went up. We climbed up a couple hundred feet and then encountered a mild 30 ft Class 3 little section at the top of the drainage that we scrambled up. At the top we were in another rock encircled drainage that did not look promising. We traversed to the right into the next drainage about 150 yds away and entered the promised land. We could see a good nontechnical route up a steep slope covered with pine cones, pine needles, and small talus. We climbed this slope all the way to the ridgeline at about 10,700 ft. Here we encountered a climber's trail that we followed all the way to the summit.

We came down the same way we went up. In hindsight, it would probably be easier to stay below the aspen trees and traverse up the grassy slopes until we were closer to the ramp we used through the cliffs. The route along the base of the cliffs had lots of ups and downs and some brush.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4800 ft / 1463 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Scofield Canyon
    Trailhead:6498 ft / 1980 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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