Ascent of Little Mountain on 2007-08-15

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Mountain
    Elevation:9131 ft / 2783 m

Ascent Trip Report

Little Mountain is not very well named. Its sizeable profile is unmistakable for many miles as seen from US-191 as the highway wends its way around the south and east flanks of the mountain, making its closest approach about 10 miles from the UT border near Flaming gorge or about 45 miles from I-80 near Rock Springs. The profile of Little Mountain is similar to that of Pine Mountain, the county HP: a crescent-shaped mesa with a gradual north slope and a steep south slope.

At mile post 541 is a junction with gravel Sweetwater county road 62, also known as Clay Basin Road. I parked at a large pullout on this road a short distance from US-191 and hiked a direct route up the steep open south face of Little Mountain, a 1200' gain. The 7.5' topo map shows two possible summit 9120' contours. The west area has a 9131' BM, which I was unable to find in the field. The east area is larger and definitely higher upon visual inspection.

The summit plateau is criss-crossed by a network of gravel roads. Martinizing types will probably want to find a way to get to that road grid from the north, but I did not investigate this.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1131 ft / 344 m
    Trailhead:US-191 & Clay Basin Rd  8000 ft / 2438 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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