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Ascent of Steptoe Butte on 2019-07-13

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Others in Party:Jim Coulter
Sibyl Coulter
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Steptoe Butte
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3612 ft / 1100 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: As a well-known state park, access is very easy. Google Maps will take you there and the roads are paved the entire way to the summit. You will need a Discovery Pass to access Steptoe Butte legally.

The Climb: My grandparents were visiting me at my new hometown of Moscow, ID and I made sure to give them the Palouse experience. First on the list was sunrise on Steptoe Butte, followed by a trip to Palouse Falls. We drove all the way to the top and watched an incredible sunrise and lightning storm combo.

My Thoughts: As the highest point for miles and miles in most directions, the views from the top are incredible. Add in a sunrise on the beautiful Palouse landscape, and this was a great way to start the day.

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:3 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Drive-up
    Trailhead:3609 ft / 1100 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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