Ascent of Crow Peak on 2011-11-11

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Dave
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crow Peak
    Elevation:9414 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a continuation of a trip report that began with Elkhorn Peak.

From Elkhorn we descended into the saddle and found more deep snow. We were beginning to get cold, so we tried to keep up the pace and make it to the rockier areas past the trees. The wind wasn't as strong on this side, but it was still a factor. Also, loosing elevation you have to regain is never fun. After reaching the knob 9270' we were pretty set as far as snow depth. There were rocks to walk on almost the entire rest of the way. The wind was once again fierce, but despite that we found a momentary shelter between some rocks on the final ascent. We realized that we would no longer be in deep snow so be both hastily changed to a fresh pair of socks to keep our extremities warm. Minutes later we were at the top! There was a metal USGS register box and we signed in. The last write in was a month or two before when an older man had come to re-climb the peak he knew as a boy. We then looked back over to Elkhorn and made the same observation that we had made from there. Crow Peak is definitely the highpoint. They are not even close. We got off the top quickly and down the western drainage. There was some snow, but it was never more than a couple inches deep and we mostly stepped on loose scree rocks. Once down in the valley, we followed the creek bed and worked our way to the west side. After a while of going down we had figured that we had to be going parallel with the road past where we had parked. We then came across a small ridge by the C&D Mine and found a road. We didn't know which road it was so we followed it to some intersections and looked for familiar sights and our tire tracks. It wasn't long before we found the "Designated Route" that we followed and we were back at the car. In all it was a six hour hike.
On the way back out we stopped in Elkhorn to look at the two main buildings in town. A woman with hair down to her ankles came out of the house across the street and said we could go inside the buildings if we wanted. They were very cool wild west type buildings completely made of wood. The sign outside said that one of the buildings is the most photographed in Montana. It's hard to believe there would be that much photographer traffic in this nearly ghost town. The hike and the sights were definitely an experience to remember.
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Elkhorn Peak on the left and Crow Peak on the right with an early November dusting of snow (2011-11-11). Photo by Gustav Sexauer.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:694 ft / 211 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3054 ft / 929 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:614 ft / 187 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 14 ft / 4 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Elkhorn Peak  9400 ft / 2865 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2454 ft / 747 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2374 ft / 724 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    End Trailhead:Iron Mine Road  7040 ft / 2145 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 11-11-2011 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Elkhorn Peak2011-11-11 a2440 ft / 744 m
2Crow Peak2011-11-11 b694 ft / 212 m
Total Trip Gain: 3134 ft / 956 m    Total Trip Loss: 3134 ft / 955 m

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