Ascent of North Breccia Cliffs on 2018-09-05

Climber: Garrett Carlson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Breccia Cliffs
    Elevation:11240 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

All said and done this is a pretty straightforward hike, the entirety of which is very pleasant save for the terrible loose dirt gully one must ascend in order to reach the plateau. I left the trail at 9600 feet and headed directly for the plateau's west saddle; the going was easy through open grassy areas and a bit of talus.
From the saddle I bypassed the seemingly loose rock on the ridgecrest by dropping down a little on the north side and regaining the ridge via a wide grassy gully before it cliffed out. I then crossed a steep and grimy patch of hardpan above a narrow gully and crossed over to the main steep, loose gully leading up to the plateau. The going in this entire area is annoyingly steep and loose, however, I found that staying on the north side in areas with tan-colored soil led to better traction and fewer rocks tumbling down the main fall line of the gully. I would definitely recommend bringing trekking poles for this section.

Past the gully it's a pleasant and scenic walk across grassy slopes and along sheer cliffs over to the summit, with great views into the wild Absaroka Range.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2600 ft / 792 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.4 mi / 15.1 km
    Trailhead:8840 ft / 2694 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Garrett Carlson
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