Ascent of Saddle Mountain South on 2013-07-10
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, July 10, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Saddle Mountain South|
| Elevation:||6840 ft / 2084 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI accessed Saddle Mtn from Chiloquin on Hwy 97. I turned east towards Sprague and at about virtual milepost 15.2 turned south on signed Saddle Mtn Pit Road. I zeroed my odometer and at mile 0.6 took the right fork and then at mile 1.5 I reached an old gravel pit. I went right and then left on up the side of the gravel pit on a lesser road. At mile 1.9 I crossed another gravel road and continued straight to mile 2.3 where I turned left into a short road that is blocked by boulders. This is my trailhead.
I hiked up this abandoned road as it climbed slowly towards Saddle Mtn. There are several forks to lesser roads off the main road, but I stayed on the main road. The road has some brushy areas and some deadfall across the road, but it makes for a good trail. The road goes all the way up to the Saddle saddle between the north and south summits. The south summit is the highest so I continued going south up through the forest. This slope is steeper than the road, but the footing is good. There is some brush that is easily avoided. I found some old skid trails and new game trails that took me up near the summit. The summit is on a small rock outcropping and there are some views from the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1890 ft / 576 m|
| Distance:||5.5 mi / 8.8 km|
| Route:||North Trail|
| Trailhead:||4950 ft / 1508 m|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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