Ascent of Sentinel Butte on 2014-05-02
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, May 2, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Dakota|
| Elevation:||3430 ft / 1045 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI decided to go for Sentinel Butte because it was just a short distance off of I94 while I was traveling to Fargo. The butte is very visible from the west inside of Montana, but is blocked from view directly north of it on the interstate. I took exit 10 and went straight through the town of Sentinel Butte. The road turned brick red and I had to turn off on a corner to stay traveling straight south. The road turned 90 degrees to the right and then I made a left on a road up to the obvious start of the road up the butte. There's a cattle gate there that was posted on 10/10/2013 by a man from Beech, ND. I wasn't sure if that meant the land around the road or the road as well. Either way, at the top of a fun "mountain" type drive, there's a parking area by the eastern tower with the plaque that remembers Black Eagle and Standing Together. From the plaque I jogged the road through the saddle and went straight up to the top of the butte, although the old track was very faint. I found the benchmark easily. Great views all around on this grey and brown day. There was still some snow hanging on to the sides of the butte. I went back the same way. I figure I spent 45 minutes off of the interstate all together, but I wasn't rushing, so it could be done faster.
Sentinel Butte and the town of the same name viewed from the north coming from I-94 (2014-05-02). Photo by Gustav Sexauer.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||201 ft / 61 m|
| Extra Gain:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Trailhead:||Monument 3389 ft / 1032 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Overcast|
| Time Up:||8 Minutes|
| Time Down:||8 Minutes|
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