Ascent of Little Mountain on 2014-09-08
|Date:||Monday, September 8, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9131 ft / 2783 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA little additional info on this one on top of Edward's report. When starting your hike up directly from Clay Basin Road, once you get to the final bump before it gets steep on the last push to the top, there is a game trail that makes progress easier. When looking up the hill there will be a slight depression you can see at the top that has a couple lone pines. Shoot for the right side of those pines and you will eventually come across the game trail.
As far as Martinizing this one. Where I parked there were a few county highway workers who were grading Clay Basin Road who were talking to a guy in a gator. When I reached the top, I met that gator passing on the dirt roads. When I got back down the highway department guys said he left for the top soon after I started hiking. So you really aren't going to be saving much time by driving even if you do find a decent way to the top that the locals have.
They timed me and said I took an hour up and an hour back (I spent some time going to both contours at the top, great views of Flaming Gorge lake from the smaller western summit).
Another great thing about talking to the highway guys was that they had excellent knowledge of the roads to Pine Mountain, and showed me how to get there from 191 on "pretty good roads" as they called it (they seemed to have personal pride in their county road maintenance). They gave me a county road map that is much more up to date than the Delorme maps. I'm assuming you could get one at the local BLM office and I would recommend it if you are planning to come in from 191. So in one day you can easily combine the Sweetwater high point and prom point on county roads (albeit somewhat rutted and not recommended in wet weather)
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