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Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 2013-07-28

Climber: Ryder Irvine

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Taylor Mountain
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:9960 ft / 3035 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came in a different approach than previous reports. I started at the end of FR020, Salmon River Mtn Road. I stopped by Lake Mtn before this one as well. I came to the Iron Lake campground and found the trailhead to Hat Creek Lakes near the campground beginning. An old A-Frame camp hut is at the trailhead as well.
I wouldn't really recommend the entire way I tackled this peak, but here is my advice. -- Start on the Hat Creek Lakes trail and follow this about 1 mile or so until the trail crests the ridge and starts winding down the hill towards the basin. Before going down the ridge, head right (westerly) up the slight slope towards Taylor peak. Follow the ridgeline to Taylor peak. On part of the ridge, you will actually come across a fairly well used trail from the old lookout which will aid you to the top. This is the way I returned from the summit.
The other option, the one I used for ascent, is to follow the trail (a good trail as well) to the Hat Creek Lakes. From there if you make your way westerly between the lakes, there is a trail that goes up Taylor Mtn from there. I actually chose to follow the saddle just north of the lakes, and the ridge to the top. This was steep, and I had a problem sidehilling the loose talus above the lakes, on the small sub-peak northeast of Taylor.
The ridgeline is definitely the better choice, and willn cut 1.5 miles off your trip.
Saw one deer on hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2145 ft / 653 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2145 ft / 653 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
Hot, Slight smoke in the air.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1884 ft / 574 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1066 ft / 325 m; Extra: 818 ft / 249m
    Loss on way in:818 ft / 249 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.5 km
    Route:Hat Creek Lakes trail
    Start Trailhead:Iron Lake campground  8894 ft / 2710 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1327 ft / 404 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1066 ft / 325 m; Extra: 261 ft / 79m
    Gain on way out:261 ft / 79 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:North Ridgeline
    End Trailhead:Iron Lake campground  8894 ft / 2710 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes



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