Ascent of Oregon Butte on 2012-07-05

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Nancy Willis
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Oregon Butte
    Elevation:6387 ft / 1946 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road to the TH is in good shape. Hike the trail as mapped until on the N ridge of Misery. Here we found an unexpected trail fork. We went right on the lesser tread as we intended to tag West Butte too. This is the old trail as shown on the map. It continued as expected up to the open summit of West Butte with a few downed trees over the trail. The trail was clearly now not receiving a lot of use. We continued on back down and found where the other trail merged back in. This fit my speculation that the other trail was just a horizontal bypass of the trail over West Butte that took a more direct route to the saddle between the two peaks. We continued on here with the trails heading up to the summit. The trail actually is a bit more on the ridgeline than mapped but that doesn't really matter. We found the lookout still locked up for the season though it should open soon. Trail in great shape. Wide views, as nice as it gets around here. The HP is back about 150' from the lookout to the N and you pass by it. We descended the same way and took the other trail which did indeed just bypass West Butte although it had a little up and down as it weaved through a lot of fallen trees. Car camping is possible at the large TH here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1407 ft / 428 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1407 ft / 428 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1157 ft / 352 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 907 ft / 276 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Oregon Butte Trail
    Start Trailhead:Tepee TH  5480 ft / 1670 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1157 ft / 352 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 907 ft / 276 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Oregon Butte Trail
    End Trailhead:Tepee TH  5480 ft / 1670 m
Ascent Part of Trip: WestOregon

Complete Trip Sequence:
1West Butte2012-07-05 a172 ft / 52 m
2Oregon Butte2012-07-05 b1407 ft / 429 m
Total Trip Gain: 1579 ft / 481 m    Total Trip Loss: 1579 ft / 481 m

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