Ascent of Butters Mountain on 2020-06-13
|Others in Party:||Terri Bonee|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 13, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2246 ft / 684 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI had been wanting to get Peak 2012 for a number of years to complete the "Northeast USA Drainage Basin High Points" list. I just always had other higher priority peaks to grab. I decided enough was enough and with perfect hiking weather planned, I put together the weekend plan with Terri that included 2012.
Info: At the end of Hut Rd (first part newly paved, 2nd part smooth hard packed gravel all the way to the gate) there are 3 free campsites. I wish I had known. We stayed the night before at "The Lodge at Pleasant Point" on Kezar Lake. We didn't have reservations anyplace and just drove in and got a room by chance. Highly recommended (for dinner, drinks on the veranda, a room and the beautiful sunsets over the lake are included).
07:15 - We departed Please Point around 7:15am. Right up the street, left on Rt 5 and on your right is the "Center Lovell Market" where you can grab breakfast and coffee.
08:00 - We found the trailhead parking lot empty on Hut Rd. 2 mins later a couple came walking down the road and hit the trailhead. They had camped the night before at the free sites. I thought we would be the only people on the trail today - oh well.
08:06 - We hit the trailhead. The trail climbs at a moderate pitch for a while, then heads way down again which is always frustrating. But, we eventually recognized the "ravine" as we were climbing again toward the notch. We started our bushwhack at the same location as Jean Andre a few years earlier. The woods were pretty open and the bushwhack was easy.
09:52 - East Miles Notch Peak. The summit register Ben L placed in 2012 was still there. There are now 4 people registered in it in 8 years. We continued bushwhacking on toward Peak 2012 following Jean Andre's route. Again, the woods are open and the going was easy.
10:07 - Peak 2012 - "Northeast USA Drainage Basin High Points" list complete. We found the summit register Ben L placed in 2012.
The next person to sigh it - please correct my date from 2012 -> 2020 (oops). Since we were way ahead of schedule time-wise, we decided to complete the Red Rock loop instead of just heading back down to the car. So, we bushwhacked over to the miles notch trail toward the Red Rock trail.
10:30 - Intersection of the Red Rock trail with Miles Notch trail. We down, then up the Red Rock trail.
11:19 - Red Rock Mountain summit. We continue on to toward Butters Mt.
12:06 - Butters Mt. The summit is actually a bushwhack off the trail. I tramped around on about 5 different places as the actual summit is not that clear. There a few open granite sections and I couldn't tell what was the highest so I tramped them all. I looked at the map and the trail is a long way with a switch back down that I felt a simple bushwhack down would save a lot of time (the distance is about 1/4). I evaluated the woods and they were open and appeared to be cliff free so we went for it. The descent was very straight forward, and cliff free.
12:54 - Back on the trail
13:39 - At the "fork in the road" - we decided to go left, but either way would work.
13:58 - At the snowmobile bridge over the river, the gate and the 3 free tent sites at the end of Hut Rd.
14:19 - Back a the car.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||416 ft / 126 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2046 ft / 622 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.1 mi / 8.3 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Perfect day for hiking
| Gain on way in:||416 ft / 126 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 216 ft / 66 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m|
| Loss on way in:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||1.3 mi / 2 km|
| Route:||Red Rock Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Red Rock Mt 2030 ft / 618 m|
| Time:||47 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1846 ft / 562 m|
| Distance:||3.9 mi / 6.3 km|
| Route:||Bushwhack and Hut Rd|
| End Trailhead:||Miles Notch Trail Head/Hut Rd 400 ft / 121 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 13 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: 2020_06_14 - Peak 2012|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3107 ft / 947 m Total Trip Loss: 2996 ft / 913 m
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