Ascent of Helen Buttes on 2018-08-04

Climber: George Burgess

Date:Saturday, August 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Helen Buttes
    Elevation:5560 ft / 1694 m

Ascent Trip Report

Helen Buttes is, in my estimation, 85% a wonderful summit, not to be missed, and 15% a colossal pile of bullshit. There is no middle ground. The Cow Heaven trail is exceptionally well maintained, climbs rapidly and efficiently through beautiful forests, and is easily accessed from the highway. At the very summit, the rock is good, the scrambling is mellow but enjoyable, and the views are not to be missed. But everything in between leaving the trail and starting the summit block is frankly trash. Steep traverses across slick vegetation, thick brush to bash through, all while losing and gaining 400' of elevation. And don't underestimate how much this mountain can take out of you. All told, it requires more than 5500' of climbing, and even when it's mostly trail, that will do a number on you. Still, all in all, a pretty enjoyable peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5900 ft / 1797 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Route:Cow Heaven Trail / West Ridge
    Trailhead:Cow Heaven Trailhead  460 ft / 140 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by George Burgess
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