Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 2013-09-01
|Date:||Sunday, September 1, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||9840 ft / 2999 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAccess to Taylor Mtn is from US-20 in NE ID at a point where it is nominally east-west, but actually runs north-south.
Near mile post 389 directly across from a Phillips 66 station (28 miles N or Ashton or 14 miles S of the junction with ID-87), I turned W on paved Yale-Kilgore Rd. After you are on it, it is variously identified as FR-030 and CR A-2. After 13.4 miles, the road turns to smooth, well-graded gravel as it enters Clark county. Only about 100 yards later, I turned R (N) on FR-042, which is identified by a sign only after the turn. Another sign warns that this road is not maintained for passenger cars. That sign is accurate: the road is rough and uneven, with many protruding rocks and occasional ruts. A car without high clearance would have a lot of trouble, though my Nissan truck did OK with 2WD. I followed this road for an additional 5.3 miles to its end where there is plenty of parking space. The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is here: it heads E from the roadend parking area and W from a point a couple hundred yards before the end. In between, the CDT follows the road.
I hiked back to where the CDT takes off westbound. The route to Taylor Mtn is straightforward: although the CDT itself meanders somewhat, it stays near the ridge, bypassing point 9495 on its S side. It is frequently marked with wooden posts bearing small signs identifying the trail. The open pit mine on the S side of point 9667 is long abandoned and has mostly returned to nature. Beyond the mine, the CDT is a two-track that was obviously once the road that provided access to the mine. After an additional mile, where the trail reached the final rise to Taylor Mtn, I left the trail and headed cross-country upslope to the summit. Though the straight-line distance from my truck to the summit is about 4 miles, I estimate that the actual distance I travelled on foot is about 6 miles.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1900 ft / 579 m|
| Extra Gain:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||12 mi / 19.3 km|
| Trailhead:||8100 ft / 2468 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 35 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
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