Ascent of Black Buttes on 2012-09-30

Climber: John Sarna

Others in Party:My wife April
John and Geoffrey
Julia and Laura
and their friend Yasmine
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Buttes
    Elevation:7040 ft / 2145 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove 6.3 mi north along the paved Bowman Lake Road after turning off Hwy 20, then turned right (east) at the Grouse Ridge Road sign for almost another 6-mi of 2-wheel-drive (bumpy) dirt road to parking area below locked gate going up to Grouse Ridge (see Grouse Ridge peak climb for GPS route). After hiking to the top, we drove a bit back and hiked up the obvious dirt trail going directly toward Black Butte, but the trail disappeared into a steep class 2 drop-off. It was then we spotted the Sand Hill trail to the north, went back, into the campground, and found the Sanford Trail going out from the furthest campsite. The kids pooped out after a mile or so and didn't even want to hike up to Sand Hill, but they wanted to hike cross-country to Downley Lake. I let them lead the way around the moderate brush and rocks, which wasn't even enough to get us scratched up, until we got to the lake and went for a swim. While it was still light,I found the side trail which led back to the main trail and back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 303 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:300 ft / 91 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 30 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Sandford Trail/Glacier Lake Trail
    Start Trailhead:primitive campground off Grouse Ridge Road  6940 ft / 2115 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:800 ft / 243 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 30 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Gain on way out:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Sandford Trail/Glacier Lake Trail
    End Trailhead:primitive campground off Grouse Ridge Road  6940 ft / 2115 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John Sarna
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