Ascent of Ute Peak on 2014-08-11

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ute Peak
    Elevation:9979 ft / 3041 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a fence with an unlocked gate about half a mile south of the paved road (at about 5800') that indicates it is the reservation boundary, but there are no signs indicating entry or hiking were restricted. There is good level ground before the boundary that would make for decent camping. Beyond the boundary the "road" has not seen vehicle use for quite some time, though some horses have been on it (wild or domesticated, I can't tell). Past Ute Spring, the road appears decent, so maybe it is accessed from the East at that point.

After departing the "road", there are traces of a trail (animal or use?) that make the going easier to a point. In a couple places the ridge gets steep and covered with loose rocks, for at least a few hundred feet each time, making the going difficult and a bit dangerous. The summit had views that made it worthwhile, though not 360 degrees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4379 ft / 1334 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    Trailhead:Beginning of dirt road  5600 ft / 1706 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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