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Ascent of Cottonwood Butte on 2019-07-08

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cottonwood Butte
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:5730 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: Cottonwood Butte is a simple drive up on a paved road and Google Maps will take you to the summit area. To reach the true summit, a spur road heads off north for an additional tenth of a mile or so. This short road requires decent clearance and anyone with a sedan will want to walk that tenth of a mile.

The Climb: From the highest point you can drive to, standing atop the true summit only takes stepping out of your car and gaining a few feet in elevation. There is a benchmark on a rocky outcrop adjacent to a few buildings.

My Thoughts: This peak is really only of interest if you are into climbing 2,000 ft prominence peaks, but the very easy access makes it a nice side trip if you are traveling along highway 95. There are some decent views from the top, but I didn't stay long due to an approaching thunderstorm.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so if you are based in or around northern Idaho feel free to contact me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Drive-up
    Trailhead:5724 ft / 1744 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast



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