Ascent of Mount Pisgah on 2009-05-23

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, May 23, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Pisgah
    Elevation:6380 ft / 1944 m

Ascent Trip Report

The most convenient access to Mt Pisgah is owned by Lauris Tysdal. I called Mr. Tysdal at 307-746-4993 and received his permission to hike on his ranch to the top of Mt Pisgah.

On US-85, about 12½ miles N of the junction with US-16 near Newcastle or 5 miles S of the junction with WY-585 at Four Corners, is a prominent red fin of clay called Red Butte. About 0.4 mile S of Red Butte is a house on the E side of the highway. Be sure you are at the very first house S of Red Butte; a second house lies about 0.2 mile farther S. The correct house has a plate with a horse and the name "Lunney", a swing under a pine tree in the front yard, and a brown corrugated building on the L. I proceeded though the gate beyond the gravel parking area, closed it behind me, and parked just inside it per Mr. Tysdal's instructions.

I hiked the road beyond the point where I parked my truck, which was often suitable only for ATV use. There are occasional side roads, but I always followed the one that was straightest. Then, at about 5800', the road turned R (S) and climbed steeply. From ~5900' to ~6100', the actual road is to the W of the trace shown on the 24K topo. At about 6100', I reached an orange well pump. There was a tree-broken view of a meadow slightly below to the R. A rough, eroding road continued straight ahead. I made a sharp turn L and followed a road that traversed E along the steep N face of Pisgah, past a pond, around the corner of the NE ridge, and finally onto the less steep E face. A pair of switchbacks gains the summit plateau. The 24K topo shows a radio tower about ¼ mile N of the summit, but there is no tower here. There is, however, a tower immediately W of the summit. The highest ground is somewhere under a cluster of young evergreens along with no fewer than 8 concrete slabs with anchor bolts, probably left over from a structure that was started but never completed.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1010 ft / 308 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Tysdal Ranch  5370 ft / 1636 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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