Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2012-08-07

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Date:Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

A 41km pre-breakfast drive-up from our motel in Libby during a rest day between Mt Cleveland and Snowshoe Peak.

From Libby we drive 1.1mi E on US37 to N48.40113 W115.54153 then 7mi N on Pipe Creek Road. At the 7mi marker we turn R at N48.48231 W115.52508 onto a good gravel road signposted Blue Mountain Lookout 11 miles. There are a few minor turnings but staying on the main dirt road we reach two comms towers, a vehicle and, set back a little, a 94ft tall fire lookout tower. We have a relatively high clearance vehicle: a normal car would probably make it with care although the road does deteriorate higher up.

There are two rock outcrops vying for highest-point status. Petter thinks the one bearing the lookout (and also a Forest Service survey marker, N48.49876 W115.45321) is higher: I think the other (southern) outcrop (N48.49868 W115.45305, 1837m) probably has the edge: they differ by maybe a few inches.

Petter decides to climb the lookout stairs, whereupon the guy manning the lookout shows up and unlocks the lookout cabin and is happy to chat for a while (we guess he doesn't see much company). Snowshoe Peak stands out to the W but otherwise the view is entirely of forested mountains.

We head back down (note it's necessary to fork L on leaving the summit), arriving back at Libby 2 hours after we left.

Blue Mountain photo album
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Blue Mountain Road
Descent Statistics
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