Ascent of Wagner Butte on 2022-06-29

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wagner Butte
    Elevation:7253 ft / 2210 m

Ascent Trip Report

i'm fairly certain that a lot of the trip reports here are for visiting the former lookout site, an easy scramble at the end of the trail. there is no trail to the actual summit, which is a half mile south of the lookout, and 200' higher. i might go put an extra peak in the database for the former lookout to divert folks from incorrectly logging the true summit.

there are at least three trailheads you could use for this, to the west, south and east, and all three offer a similar elevation change and distance. coming from the south you can also bag mcdonald peak, but you will lose a lot of elevation between mcdonald and wagner. i visited mcdonald a few days earlier while cleaning out P300s along the ridge.

the ascent from the western trailhead is shaded almost the entire way. it's a pleasant trail through the woods and a few meadows.

i went to the end of the trail first, and climbed the rock on which the lookout formerly stood. nice views. then i tried to follow the ridge south as best i could, but i kept on having to push through brush or climb over rocks. it was slow going.

at one point i came across a bunch of rock cairns, more than necessary to indicate a trail. it would turn out to be markers for a memorial, and not a trail after all. (or at least it may have been the end of a trail which doesn't go to the summit, i didn't go downhill to see how far the cairns went.)

i eventually found the summit rocks, there are a few contenders, but i think the southernmost is the highest. i couldn't find the benchmark which is supposed to be at the summit. after the summit i headed roughly south, picking my way through the brush until i could get back into the forest and rejoin the trail.

i was hoping that one of my ascent or descent would be good enough to recommend... but neither stood out as superior to the other. so just go for it whichever way you desire, and pick through the brush as best you can.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2591 ft / 789 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2591 ft / 789 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Start Trailhead:4662 ft / 1420 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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