Ascent of Cottonwood Butte on 2019-07-08
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, July 8, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||5730 ft / 1746 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAccess: 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|
| 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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