Ascent of Tiptop on 2014-11-16

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Russell
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:4760 ft / 1450 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is probably the simplest way to do this peak at this point. This option requires driving high and so it is only seasonally available when snow doesnt block the approach. Public land, car accessible road. Basically just drive the Ruby Creek Road all the way in to a five way junction and saddle at 3660'. This is about one mile due S of the peak. Park. From here you hike the abandoned road to the left which is on the map. The road is overgrown but you aren't really fighting the brush to follow the road. At a point at which the road turns E you just head up through the woods. A bit of brush but not too bad. We headed a little W towards the 4200+ contour and then up the remainder of the S ridge. No real obstacles, just a bit of brush and forest. Near the top we hit the road and followed this to the ugly summit with a tower structure. So-so views. A little bit of views here and there on the trip but this is more of a peakbagging route than an aesthetic trip. As peakbagging routes go, it is relatively painless. We took the same route down. Cold and clear on this day. You can also approach this route from the Camas Creek road network but that is a longer drive. I probed the summit road and while the "Protected by Glock" barricade of past years is gone there is still a no trespassing sign.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1140 ft / 347 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:South Saddle  3660 ft / 1115 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Cold and clear; sunny winter

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