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Ascent of Terry Peak on 2009-05-19

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Terry Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7064 ft / 2153 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the junction of US-85, US-385, and US-14A (which is 0.1 mile S of the Golden Hills Resort & Convention Center in Lead), I headed S on US-85. Call this point mile 0.0. Signs identified a winter sports area. At 1.2 miles I turned R on Nevada Gulch Rd. At 4.2 miles I turned L on Stewart Slope Rd at a saddle. At 4.7 miles I reached the Terry Peak Ski Area, a large gravel parking lot and ski facilities on the L. Terry Pk is plainly visible as you approach the area, plastered with ski lifts (silent when I was there) and runs that were partly covered by lingering snowfields. I parked in the lot in front of the ski building.

The hike was direct and straightforward: straight up the ski slopes to the summit with several RF towers and a lookout. The highest ground was near the latter, which had a couple of flights of stairs up to the roof, but I declined to climb them because of their rickety condition.

Terry peak can probably be Martinized by driving up a road from the S. The signed turnoff from US-85 is about 5 miles S of the Nevada Gulch Rd turnoff.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:579 ft / 177 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:Terry Peak Ski Area  6485 ft / 1976 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:30 Minutes



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