Ascent of Berry-Norton Peak on 2010-09-07

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Berry-Norton Peak
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions to Joaquin Miller Trail #219:

From John Day, turn south on US highway 395 from OR highway 26. Continue through Canyon City and after 10 miles (near milepost 10C) turn left on County Road 65 (Canyon Creek Road, FR 15). Follow CR 65 3.0 miles and turn left onto FR 6510. Follow FR 6510 5.1 miles to the Joaquin Miller Trailhead at the end of the road. You will pass FR 812 at 1.7 miles.


The Joaquin Miller Trail climbs to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge, then drops down onto a lower ridge separating Berry and Tamarack Creeks. At 2.4 miles the Tamarack Creek Trail forks to the right. Continue on the Joaquin Miller Trail and climb about 2 miles to about 7000 feet, where a rocky outcropping above the trail on your left (to the north) appears and a rock buttress is on your right.

Leave the trail here and climb directly up towards the rock outcropping about 600 feet, then traverse upward to the left to reach the top of the ridge at about 7800 feet. Traverse the ridge to the west, passing obstructions to the left, then climb up to the high point just above 8000 feet. The summit is broad with several potential (dry) bivouac sites.

Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Joaquin Miller Trail #219  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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