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Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2013-07-13

Climber: Ryder Irvine

Others in Party:Sharon
Aubrey
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

I accessed this peak from Barron Creek Road #615 off FR#228 (paved) on the west side of Lake Koocanusa. Several miles up #615 a left turn on Blue Mountain Road leads to the top. I would only recommend this way to a 4x4 vehicle with clearance, and someone who doesn't mind branches rubbing down the sides of your vehicle. From the lake this is definitely shorter, but the road is quite overgrown and I suspect mainly used by ATV's and Dirt Bikes.
The other route has been described in other trip reports and is via FR#755 off Pipe Creek Road #567.
This is a drive up, and there is a tall manned lookout with a friendly host at the top. Good views of snowshoe peak, probably better views at the top of the tower, but I chose not to climb to the top, but half way up.
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    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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