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Ascent of Rock Creek Butte on 2008-07-01

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Rock Creek Butte
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9106 ft / 2775 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove about .9 mile up Pole Creek Ridge 4WD road to a nice meadow before the road got really rough. Walked up the rest of the road which became a nice trail up the ridge to meet the Elkhorn Crest Trail. The Elkhorn Crest Trail is an awesome trail that was picked and blasted out of the rocky south slope of the long ridgeline. Although the trail stays on the south side, several parts of the trail were still covered by small cornices on the east side of sub-ridges. Most could be avoided by a small up- or down-climb, but the one just northeast of subpeak 8105 required a bit of a scramble uphill. Going up the southwest ridge to the summit required some route-choosing around tree clusters and areas of loose talus. Overall a nice scramble. The Wallowa, Strawberry and Aldrich Ranges are in sight on a clear day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3071 ft / 935 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3071 ft / 935 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2671 ft / 814 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2271 ft / 692 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Pole Creek Ridge Trail 1624, Elkhorn Crest Trail
    Start Trailhead:Pole Creek Ridge 4WD road  6835 ft / 2083 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2671 ft / 814 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2271 ft / 692 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Elkhorn Crest Trail, Pole Creek Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Pole Creek Ridge 4WD road  6835 ft / 2083 m



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