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Ascent of Little Grass Mountain on 2014-07-20

Climber: Ryder Irvine

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Little Grass Mountain
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:5696 ft / 1736 m

Ascent Trip Report

After abandoning a short eastern approach, I decided to take this trail hike to ensure summit completion.
I took trail 266 from just north of the entry to Stagger Inn campground and the Roosevelt Grove cedars area. The trail was a fairly good trail up to the saddle between little grassy and bouler mountain. About a dozen or so windfalls, and some short overgrowth, but mostly an easy to follow trail. From the saddle of Boulder and Grassy, I cut off the trail and headed due west for the summit. There were game trails everywhere. I tried to get back onto the trail that showed on my GPS but the high amount of trails made me unsure of if I was on the actual trail or not. This turned into quite a bushwack through huckleberry bushed an whatnot. I finally arrived on the top to an old lookout site. I wandered around makind sure I had the high point and found a register in a glass jar next to one of the old lookout concrete pillars. There were a few names in it, most of which had indicated their frustrations with the supposed "trail".
There were some views, but they were not great, since a lot of the summit with exception of the southeast face were covered in trees. This is one of those peaks that you would not really be interested in unless you cared about prominence or former fire lookout sites.
One the trip down, I tried to follow the overgrown trail which I could make out for some parts of it. The trail comes out near where the map shows road 1014 ending, although the trailhead is very hard to make out. There are no signs or markers either. The trail was lacking very many signs or markers. There was one at the WA/ID state line, and another in a large cedar tree that had been overgrown into the tree, making it illegible. Shows how long ago it was put there. I followed the main trail around the back side and through boulder meadows which was a good trail from where I got onto it. My advice is still to head west to the summit from Boulder Meadows as the other trail isn't much better than the game trail bushwacks from here anyways. Someone could feasibly walk the 1014 road from the closure, but I am unsure how overgrown this would be. You can probably bet that any trail from that side would have no maintenance either, since trail maintenance has virtually fallen off the Forest Service budget plan these days. I was going to climb boulder mountain as well, but I could not find the trail shown on the map anywhere, and I was not wanting to bushwack up to the top.
I do want to say, the hike up trail 266 had some great passages through old growth cedars. There must have been a fire 100+ years ago, as there were large charred Cedar stumps and trees. Some of the large cedars were 8'+ diameter. There was water sources on the WA side of the trail still in late July. Not much on the ID side of the trail. The trail doesn't have very many steep places, and makes the gain seem less than it actually is.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2665 ft / 812 m
    Elevation Loss:2665 ft / 812 m
    Distance:11.1 mi / 17.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2351 ft / 717 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Trail 266
    Trailhead:Trailhead  3345 ft / 1019 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2665 ft / 812 m
    Extra Gain:314 ft / 95 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Trail 266
    Trailhead:Trailhead  3345 ft / 1019 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 35 Minutes



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