Ascent of Big Elk Mountain on 2013-08-03

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Elk Mountain
    Elevation:9476 ft / 2888 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used Dean's summitpost page for info on reaching the trailhead. I would comment that the trail takes off uphill just before you get to the big parking area at/near the end of the road. Dean's picture "Starting up the trail" can be used to ensure you are in the right place - it is taken just as the hiker is leaving the road. In dry conditions this road can be driven with just high clearance, 4WD is not needed. In fact, I know one guy who could probably get a passenger sedan up there - but I wouldn't want to.

The attached GPS track shows where we came back down a bit farther east. We missed the trail - I'd use the more westerly track as my guide. But the terrain is pretty easy wherever you go on the south slopes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1376 ft / 420 m
    Route:trails, then x-c
    Trailhead:End of road  8100 ft / 2468 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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