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Ascent of Warren Peaks on 2009-05-18

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Monday, May 18, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Warren Peaks
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:6650 ft / 2026 m

Ascent Trip Report

From I-90 just W of Sundance, I took exit 185 and headed W on US-14. After about 1 mile, I turned R (N) on Warren Peaks Rd (AKA FR-838). A FS sign at the turnoff says 7 miles to lookout. The road is paved. After exactly 7.0 miles, I encountered the gravel spur road to the summit lookout. I could have driven up the spur road to the LO, but I didn't want to Martinize the peak and there was no space to pull off the main road, so I continued. After just 0.3 more miles I reached a saddle with ample pullout and turnaround space. This is the saddle that lies just 800' W of the summit. The main road changes to gravel at this point. A paved but cracked side road heads slightly L. I parked on the NE side of the road.

I hiked up an abandoned road straight up the grassy slope to the summit. A collapsed FS sign says the road is closed. The summit tower has a few tourist interpretive signs that identify other landmarks, mostly in the Black Hills, which are visible to the E. Other signs identify the remains of the nation's only nuclear powered radar site from WWII on a subpeak ½ mile NW. Yet another sign proclaims the lookout elevation at 6656', which is only 18' lower than Cement Ridge, the county HP. The highest ground is a grass-covered mound of dirt and talus W of the LO, but it is probably manmade.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Trailhead:Warren Peak Rd  6550 ft / 1996 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:5 Minutes



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