Ascent of Elk Mountain on 2013-07-28

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elk Mountain
    Elevation:7826 ft / 2385 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Elk Mtn from Grangeville, followed Hwy 14 to near Elk City, then turned on FR 222 which I followed to the Red River Ranger Station. This is a long drive and it is still a longer drive to get to the peak. Just past the ranger station I turned left onto the Magruder Corridor FR 468 that goes all the way to Darby, MT. Follow the Magruder Corridor for about 18 miles to FR 285 where I turned left. The sign says it is another 18 miles to Elk Mtn which was my destination. After about 4.5 miles on FR 285, I took a short diversion and turned left on the spur road that goes up to the Green Mtn Fire Lookout. Great views from the fire lookout. Returning to FR 285 I continued all the way to the end of the road where there is a trailhead, a couple campsites, and a privy. Elevation is about 6,900ft.

I hiked the trail up towards Elk Mtn. The trail doesn't actually go to the summit, so I left the trail when I got close and hiked up cross country to the high point that appeared to be on top of a rocky outcropping. Easy walk up onto the rocks. Nice trail that had recently seen some maintenance and some nice views from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:926 ft / 282 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Elk Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:6900 ft / 2103 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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