Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 2011-08-28

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taylor Mountain
    Elevation:9960 ft / 3035 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: I did this one from the south for a couple of reasons - it was getting late as I came north on Hwy 93 and I needed to sleep, and I understand that the drive is much easier the way I went. But based on register entries I would conclude that most people appear to hike this from Iron Lake, and you should look at whether that shorter hike (ending via the north ridge, and either directly accessing the NNE ridge from the lake or taking the trail to saddle 9238 and running the ridge from there) makes sense for you. I could see from the summit some signs of use trails on that approach.

I drove to Morgan Creek Summit on an excellent (35 MPH) gravel road and drove Spur 129 to its end at the trailhead, which is before the mapped end of the road. I followed trail 251 to the Hat Creek Lakes (considerable up-and-down) and picked up the unmapped/unmarked trail just north of lake 8805 that leads to the upper lake 8923. (Thanks to Tom Lopez and his book "Idaho: A climbing Guide" for telling me this trail was there. It is used by horse packers, and logs are cut out as necessary.)

From the upper lake I headed to the saddle south of the summit and picked up the old lookout trail to the top. This old trail is sketchy in places, but makes the talus hopping much easier than it would otherwise be. You can reach the south saddle staying in the vegetated area - again, much easier than the talus.

Note that the trail has been rerouted in several areas from the old map - my attached GPS track shows the current routing to the lakes (with a slight detour for a photo across lake 8805).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3150 ft / 959 m
    Extra Gain:625 ft / 190 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.8 mi / 19 km
    Route:Trail, then via S saddle
    Trailhead:End of road 129  8060 ft / 2456 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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