Ascent of State Line Peak on 2012-10-14

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Sunday, October 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:State Line Peak
    Elevation:7990 ft / 2435 m

Ascent Trip Report

Previous trip reports indicated that the approach for this peak is up Un Road B, which heads NE up a canyon from the frontage road (Homestead Ranch Road) that runs NW-SE along the base of the Fort Sage Mtns. I got there only to be confronted with "No Trespassing" signs at the beginning of Un Road B. Other dirt roads in the vicinity that headed up towards State Line Peak off the main road also had "No Trespassing" signs and plenty of fencing to keep undesirables out.

Went to Plan B. I kept driving SE past all the abandoned homesteads until I found a dirt road heading towards the peak without "Keep Out" signs and fencing. Although I was now off my map I had brought, it did head in the right direction. This road turned out to be a reasonable start for the dayhike.

To get there I took the Doyle Loop road off of Hwy 395 and turned right onto Hackstaff Road. After crossing the second bridge, which was a single lane bridge, the road turned north and I came to the end of the pavement. I zeroed my odometer here. At pavement's end was a sign saying "Fort Sage Mountains" with an arrow pointing straight ahead. The mileage was obscured on this sign. Not respecting the sign, I turned right immediately past the sign onto a unsigned dirt road (indicated as Homestead Ranch Road on my map). I followed the good dirt road for 7.5 miles, and then turned left onto the dirt track that headed towards the peak. This left turn is about 0.3 miles after passing through a fence with no gate. I managed to drive my Jeep Cherokee 1.6 miles up the road before it got too steep and rough. I almost got the Jeep hung up on a basketball-sized rock poking out of the dirt just before I decided I had had enough and parked the car at a little turn-around spot.

I starting hiking up the steep jeep trail a short distance till it ended at an old prospect. Then followed remnants of trail as it traversed around a ridge and disappeared. I continued over the small ridge in front of me, dropped down to a wash, and continued up the wash taking left turns at junctions. The wash started to end, so I got on the ridge above and started following the ridge up towards the main south ridge of State Line Peak. I could now see the summit with a white building on top. Getting to the main south ridge, I simply followed it to the summit.

No real climbing difficulties along the way, although I did have to cross over a bobbed-wire fence to stay on line with the summit. But the peak is infested with wild horses. I really don't like wild horses. If I accidentally get too close, the mustang gets all bent out of shape and wants to challenge me, as was the case for me near the summit. I simply run away like a weak-spined human and the mustang gives up. I'm simply not interested in his women that he thinks he's protecting. I wish I knew horse-speak to tell him that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3367 ft / 1025 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route:South ridge
    Trailhead:Old prospect jeep road  4823 ft / 1470 m
    Grade/Class:class 1-2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 14 Minutes

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