Ascent of Steens Mountain on 2019-10-18

Climber: Matt Varney

Others in Party:Kenley B.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Steens Mountain
    Elevation:9733 ft / 2966 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did this one in the dark after Oregon Canyon Mountains Peak. That wasn't the original plan, but we arrived later than expected. Since the forecast was for additional snow overnight, we decided to do the hike immediately rather than wait until morning. This proved to be a good choice, as the road was impassable the next day. Early in the day, there had been a snowstorm that was not in the forecast. In most places, there was less than an inch of snow on the road, but there were a few minor, rutted drifts on the road to Wildhorse Lake Viewpoint. We eventually came to a place where the road was completely covered with drifts as far as we could see, with no tire tracks, so we stopped there and made the short hike to the top. Although it wasn't snowing, it was 25°F. and the wind was quite strong in places. We did see boot tracks that must have been made in the past few hours, since the drifting snow had not yet covered them.
Upon reaching the summit, we hit all of the highest points, and then hurried back to the car. We descended to South Steens Campground and spent the night there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:408 ft / 124 m
    Total Elevation Loss:408 ft / 124 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
25°F. Strong wind with drifting snow.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:348 ft / 106 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 308 ft / 94 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Start Trailhead:Wildhorse Viewpoint Rd  9425 ft / 2872 m
    Time:0 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:368 ft / 112 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 308 ft / 94 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    End Trailhead:Wildhorse Viewpoint Rd  9425 ft / 2872 m
    Time:0 Hours 25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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