Ascent of Yainax Butte on 2019-09-07
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, September 7, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7222 ft / 2201 m|
Ascent Trip Reportone of the hazards of owning a capable 4x4 is the you might accidentally drive to a summit which you intended to hike. the road sucks past the gate, but it was dry, dusty and hot, and the hike didn't look all that pleasant.
i started off following paul mcclellan's driving instructions, but when i got to 10.2mi, where he notes "past a road marker 3678-002" i decided to go straight up the obvious road on the topo, a road also present in openstreetmaps. this definitely goes to the top, and any SUV could make it to the gate (unlocked, signed "please close gate"). i wouldn't go past the gate without 4x4, all-terrains, and some solid clearance for all the rocks. it is not a good road at all.
high point seems to be a rock in a bush between the lookout and the benchmark. i didn't find a register.
after i left the summit there was a fellow coming up in his pickup truck, i stopped and asked if there was any good route, he responded that his route was miserable. no luck. a few minutes later i'd see his tracks in the dusty road, he came up from where paul's hiking track comes up. i experimented with a few other forks further down (including doing some gardening before discovering i'd hit a dead end), nothing panned out.
since i didn't follow paul's driving instructions to the end i'm not sure if it's any better/worse to his trailhead as compared to the "gate" point in my track.
oh at the "info and map" is a sign indicating which lands are open to public and when. i studied one of the paper maps provided, and it wasn't very useful in terms of roads -- it basically had no detail for the roads, showing only some disconnected fragments of roads.
i'd budget 1h15m one-way for the drive from OR-140.
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| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
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