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Ascent of Elkhorn Peak on 2013-08-22

Climber: Eric Higginbotham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Elkhorn Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9400 ft / 2865 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hardest part of this trip is figuring out when to start hiking. If you have an ATV, you can ride to within .75 mile of the summit. There is a gate across the old jeep trail at the Iron Mine. This is where you park the ATV. If you have a two-wheel drive 1993 low clearance Toyota pickup, then you will not make it much farther past Elkhorn before having to park. This is where I parked and started up the jeep trail shooing range cattle (Angus bears) off the trail. The trail is a little confusing from Elkhorn, I didn’t bring a map but just kept in mind that I need to take the road to the west that climbed in elevation. I hiked to the gate at the Iron mine. There was a sign on the gate that said non-motorized use welcome. Instead of following the jeep trail past the log cabin with the red metal roof, (You can see this house from some satellite photos) I bushwhacked straight up hitting Windy Point before climbing Elkhorn. There is a short scramble to the top. I had the mountain to myself until a Nanny Mountain Goat showed up with her kid. Crow Peak is within easy reach once you are on Elkhorn Peak, but my wife was working that evening and I had to get home. That’s ok gives me a reason to come back. Check out the track log, it shows my descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Loss:2631 ft / 801 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Hot and clear, but lots of smoke in the air
Ascent Statistics
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2631 ft / 801 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:See GPS Track
    End Trailhead:6769 ft / 2063 m
    Time:1 Hours 21 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Higginbotham
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