Ascent of Blue Bunch Mountain on 2011-08-17
|Others in Party:||Dean Molen|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 17, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Blue Bunch Mountain|
| Elevation:||8743 ft / 2664 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDean and I approached Blue Bunch Mtn from Hwy 75. About 21 miles west of Stanley we turned right on a nice gravel road signed for Boundary Creek. Zero your odometer and go 8.0 miles and turn right on road 579A that is signed for Blue Bunch Trailhead. Follow this road past the campground to where it ends at 8.4 miles. There is a nice bridge across the river for foot traffic.
We car camped in the campground and the next morning drove tot he trailhead and started our hike. Once across the bridge turn left. We walked back and forth along the fisherman trail near the river looking for the trail that goes up the hill towards Blue Bunch. We finally just gave up and climbed the hill until we intercepted the climbing trail. The trail was hidden by grass and wildflowers. It is about 100 yds west of the bridge and goes up a little drainage before turning and climbing the hill. Once we found the trail, it was easy to follow up to the area near Cy Springs where it again gets lost in grass and wildflowers. We just continued up the slope towards the summit until we intercepted teh trail again. It is nice and open on the ridge and as long as you keep going north, you won't get lost.
Nice views from the summit and this is a nice hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2542 ft / 774 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||9 mi / 14.4 km|
| Trailhead:||6201 ft / 1890 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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