Ascent of Ironside Mountain on 2010-07-11

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Ironside Mountain
    Elevation:7811 ft / 2380 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US-26, I turned S on FR-16. The turnoff is 10 miles E of Unity, 9 miles W of Ironside, 0.6 miles W of the Malheur-Baker county line, at MP 222.2, and signs at the turnoff mention King Crk and Camp Crk. Call this point mile 0.0. At mile 3.1 I veered L onto an unsigned road at a fork. At mile 4.7 and 4.8 I stayed straight where side roads went R and L, respectively. At mile 6.2 I went L at a fork. At mile 7.9 the road turns sharp L across the bottom of a gully and begins to climb the opposite side. At mile 8.3 the road reaches a junction at a saddle, where I turned L. Up to this point the road has been suitable for any street-legal vehicle, but soon thereafter becomes rutted and would be difficult for a vehicle without high clearance. At mile 9.0 I stayed L at another saddle. At mile 9.6 I stayed straight where a side road goes L. At mile 10.8 the road climbed steeply and became very rutted, and I decided the benefit was not worth the risk of trying to drive farther, so I parked on a grassy pullout on the L. Elevation here was about 5900'.

I hiked up the road. After what seemed like about 1½ miles (and 45 minutes), I reached the 6950' saddle ½ mile NE of the summit of Ironside Mtn. The cross-country leg to the summit was steep and, for its first half, seriously hindered by deadfall and brush. The second half was mostly talus. The summit is occupied by a wooden survey tripod.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1911 ft / 582 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:5900 ft / 1798 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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