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Ascent of Black Crook Peak on 2019-08-31

Climber: Otto De Groff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Black Crook Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:9274 ft / 2826 m

Ascent Trip Report

I went south from Vernon up North Oak Brush Creek on FS Road #90. Near some old miner's cabins (mostly fallen down) I started my ascent southwest towards the ridge, going towards point 8910. I followed deer trails up most of the way to a saddle north of peak 8910. From there I continued to the summit, staying on the ridge. There were a few places with some scrambling, which made the hike / climb enjoyable. On my way down I followed the same ridge, then ascending peak 8910, after which I made my way to the Hilltop Mine site. The mine shaft has caved in. From there I followed the old mine path down to my truck. Along the way I passed a mine shaft at 8120 feet, that had water flowing out of it. The entrance was gaited off, and cows were resting around the area. It was an enjoyable hike and climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1574 ft / 479 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1574 ft / 479 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2 and 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Warm, calm, then windy on summit ridge
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1574 ft / 479 m
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:North Oak Brush Creek  7700 ft / 2346 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1574 ft / 479 m
    Route:Southeast Ridge / Mine Trail
    End Trailhead:North Oak Brush Creek  7700 ft / 2346 m



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