Ascent of Ash Creek Butte on 2019-11-10
|Others in Party:||Bobby Boxer|
|Date:||Sunday, November 10, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
|Peak:||Ash Creek Butte|
| Elevation:||8378 ft / 2553 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPublic. Approached from the N past the Deer Mtn snowpark and then up obvious mapped roads on the W slope. Call this high clearance but not bad at all and might be ok in a car. I parked at road end per map. From here there are various logging tracks visible on the aerials. I strung together a route through open easy clearcut terrain that stuck to these tracks to get to the rim. Did a little switchbacking to ease the grade while I warmed up. Upon reaching the ridge Bobby disappeared so that was stressful for a bit but as I headed up a little I found him. Need to refresh him on behavior fundamentals. Continued on the rim which has a bit of rock and brush on the slope side. Nothing significant like a gendarme or anything, but just a bit of talus and rocks to weave through. I left the ridge at 7460' to go around a bump on the E side and wound up dropping to a flat drainage that was easy quick travel. Stuck with this until re-gaining the ridge at 7680'. Soon I ran into another hiker which was a bit of a surprise. I assumed it was another prominence bagger but our chat was brief as he looked to be ready to keep moving so I only later learned it was Connor McEntee. I recognized the name from peakbagger as he's an active peakbagger who has summitted an impressive collection of peaks this year. Hikes with Adam W too I think. Anyway, I continued on and generally the route stuck to the ridge or to the crater side which was easy enough with maybe a little class 2. No issues or exposure. The last couple hundred vertical feet I did get on the slope side after avoiding it for much of the ascent due to potential lurking manzanita. Pleasant summit. Overall, this might have the nicest view of Shasta of any local P2000 since Whaleback is comparable but you see the peak more readily given the W side route here. Reversed the route uneventfully.
I then tried to head over to Buck Mtn and Black Fox but the forest was signed closed due to high fire danger so that was a bust.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1658 ft / 505 m|
| Extra Gain:||40 ft / 12 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Rim Traverse|
| Trailhead:||Road End 6800 ft / 2072 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Animal/Pet|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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