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Ascent of Cervidae Peak on 2020-03-28

Climber: Dan Krueger

Others in Party:Kate Wrablik
Morty The Mountain Dog
Date:Saturday, March 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cervidae Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:4987 ft / 1520 m

Ascent Trip Report

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After attempting the Cervidae to Macks loop back in February but being shut down by deep snow, Kate and I took Morty and decided to go back and finish this loop hike that I made up. This is not the normal route to the summit of Cervidae. We parked close to Macks Creek at a little lot called "Naked Rock" and headed up one of the ridges. After about 1 mile and 1600ft of elevation gain we joined the main trail and made our way to the Summit of Cervidae. After that, we descended down the North side of Cervidae and followed a ridge most of the way around towards Macks Peak. We left the ridge to shorten the route and hiked down into a valley and back up to catch the ridge to Macks. A short walk up from there and we were on the summit. Now it was just a steep descent down to where we were parked.

We really enjoyed this loop. It's steeper than the standard route on Cervidae (which is already steep), you reach the summit in about 1.6 miles instead of 2. The ridge walk over to Macks is really nice, and looking back it probably would have been less effort to go the extra distance and stay on the ridge (which is usually the case). The downclimb from Macks back to the parking area is not fun. It's quite steep our toes were feeling it when we got back to the car. All in all though, it's a great hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2782 ft / 847 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2782 ft / 847 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1917 ft / 584 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Start Trailhead:3070 ft / 935 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2782 ft / 847 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1917 ft / 585 m; Extra: 865 ft / 263m
    Gain on way out:865 ft / 263 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    End Trailhead:3070 ft / 935 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Cervidae and Macks

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Cervidae Peak2020-03-282782 ft / 848 m
2Macks Peak2020-03-28 
Total Trip Gain: 2782 ft / 848 m    Total Trip Loss: 2782 ft / 848 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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