Ascent of Battle Ax on 2012-10-20

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Battle Ax
    Elevation:5558 ft / 1694 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Detroit Lake on Hwy 22 head northeast on paved Breitenbush Road (FR 46) for just over 4 miles to a signed junction for FR 4696 on your left. Follow this paved forest road about 3/4-mile and go left on gravel FR 4697 toward Elk Lake. This road is rough, and might require high clearance in spots. It climbs up along Humbug Creek, switches back sharply right, and in about 4-1/2 miles tops out at a saddle and fork. Go left toward Elk Lake. When you reach the signed campground entrance road keep right and drive (if your vehicle is capable) about 1/2-mile farther to the end of the road at Battle Ax Creek. There is room to turn around here, but it is signed for No Parking. Go back down the road until you find a wide enough spot to park without blocking the road (for me, less than 100 yards).

Walk back up the road and follow the former road, now a trail, to Beachie Saddle. Here take a sharp right and follow the good trail to the summit of Battle Ax, where you will find old lookout footings. My GPS gave a round-trip distance of about 4.5 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1658 ft / 505 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Trailhead:Elk Lake Road  3900 ft / 1188 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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