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Ascent of Sonyok Mountain on 2013-06-21

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Sonyok Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:5640 ft / 1719 m

Ascent Trip Report

First, you need a permit for recreation on tribal lands. Refer to http://www.cskt.org/tr/fwrc_wildland.htm for information on obtaining one.

Sonyok has a lookout tower, and a road and trail to the top. It is gated just short of the top - see the accompanying GPS track for the walking part.

For the drive, you have several options. I came in one way, and went out another. I'd recommend the following route:

From the junction of state routes 200 and 382 head north on 382. Immediately cross the Flathead River on a bridge. On the far side find the right (east) turn onto Racehorse Gulch Road (but only if you have a permit). Follow this road past several active ranches and then a big inactive one that the road passes through near Davenport Draw. Shortly thereafter you should see the first road number sign indicating that you are on "FB1000" as you head into a canyon. Follow this to the junction just south of point 4275' on the topo map and go right onto signed FB3000. At just under 5000' keep right on FB3000, which is not on my topo map at this point, rather than bearing left onto FB4000, which is. FB3000 goes west of points 5256 and 5278 and then along the south side of the latter to the saddle just under 5000'. From here pick up the mapped road until you reach the locked gate, and walk to the tower. The road has been rerouted at the end since the map was made, but it's easy to follow.

The roads in from the north are not nearly as good, and I don't recommend them.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Route:road, trail
    Trailhead:gate on lookout road  5480 ft / 1670 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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