Ascent of North Breccia Cliffs on 2018-09-05
|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 ReportAll 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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