Ascent of Mickey Butte on 2019-09-22

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Michael Berry
John Pfister
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mickey Butte
    Elevation:6294 ft / 1918 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving directions from the North:

From US Hwy 20 in Burns drive OR Hwy 78 east for about 66.5 miles to virtual MP 65.2. Zero your odometer.
0.0 Turn south on East Steens Road, signed Andrews 52 and Fields 65.
11.2 Pavement ends.
24.1 Pass Mann Lake Recreation Area on your right.
31.3 The road turns right. Turn left on an unmarked road leading south (I saw no signs for Mickey Hot Springs until I arrived at the springs).
33.2 Turn Left (the other road continues straight towards a playa).
34.2 Continue Straight at a Y to continue below a ridge to your left.
36.2 Continue Straight as a minor road goes left.
38.0 Arrive at Mickey Hot Springs. There is parking for several vehicles here.

Our Hike:

We left the Mickey Hot Springs parking lot and hiked north across the desert to enter the south gully. We climbed to the left of the gully bottom where the slope seemed more open and stable. Before reaching the Mickey Butte/Peak 6275 saddle we climbed up NE to reach the south ridge of Mickey Butte and followed it to the summit. From the summit we descended directly to the Mickey Butte/Peak 6275 saddle then walked across open and easy ground to reach the summit of Peak 6275. Both summits had 4G cell service. We returned to the south gully and descended back to the desert floor and our vehicles. I have combined hiking statistics here for both Mickey Butte and Peak 6275.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2749 ft / 837 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2749 ft / 837 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2249 ft / 685 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2224 ft / 678 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:S Gully
    Start Trailhead:Mickey Hot Springs  4070 ft / 1240 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2724 ft / 830 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2224 ft / 678 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:S Gully
    End Trailhead:Mickey Hot Springs  4070 ft / 1240 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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