Ascent of Farthing Butte on 2010-07-31

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, July 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Farthing Butte
    Elevation:6855 ft / 2089 m

Ascent Trip Report

From I-25 a few miles N of Cheyenne, I took exit 16 onto WY-211 (aka Horse Creek Rd). The highway gradually turns from W to N. After 36 miles, I turned L (W) on graded gravel CR-103 near the "town" of Iron Mountain, which is really just a few PO boxes for the Farthing Ranch. After 0.5 miles, I crossed a RR track and immediately turned R at a T-intersection where a L turn would enter the Farthing Ranch. The road gradually curves around the E and N sides of the butte. After an additional 1.5 miles, I reached the fork near BM 6310 on the topo map. The fork barely exists any more; the R branch continues in the same condition as the original road, but the L branch is an abandoned two-track that is mostly overgrown. I parked at what passes for a pullout at the start of the abandoned branch and began my hike.

The hike is a straightforward climb up the steep sagebrush-covered N face of the butte. I ducked a fence in a gully about a third of the way up. I built a cairn on the highest rock slab on the open, undeveloped summit.

Farthing Butte is probably owned by the Farthing Ranch, but I don't know for sure. There are no signs indicating private property, the land is not under cultivation anywhere nearby, the only fence doesn't amount to much, and the animals were mainly wild deer. Nevertheless, a completely kosher peakbagger might contact the Farthing Ranch.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:545 ft / 166 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:Road 103  6310 ft / 1923 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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