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Ascent of Shaw Mountain on 2019-09-01

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Shaw Mountain
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:5904 ft / 1799 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: Google Maps got me to the summit, but before blindly following it just make sure you are taking E Shaw Mountain Road. This road is a very narrow dirt road (passing oncoming cars is sometimes tricky) and there were some very deep ruts when I visited. It was easy for my 4Runner, but a sedan could not make it up without bottoming out a few times. I saw a few crossovers with relatively low clearance at the top, but that is probably the bare minimum. A bit before the summit I reached a gate, so I parked there and walked the road to the summit.

The Climb: From the gate it is just a quick road hike to the summit, which has communication towers and a benchmark at the top. Resist the urge to go cross country, as the road is much easier.

My Thoughts: Views from the top were quite good, but otherwise this a pretty unremarkable peak. Near the summit is a bird of prey observatory and they seemed a bit disappointed I didn't stop to talk birds with them, but I was on a tight schedule this day.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so feel free to contact me if you want to team up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:96 ft / 29 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Road Hike
    Trailhead:Gate  5808 ft / 1770 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes



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