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Ascent of Guffey Butte on 2015-11-04

Climber: Dan Krueger

Date:Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Guffey Butte
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:3120 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a very nice hike to do when it's too cold to hike the higher peaks. I drove from Boise to Kuna and stopped for lunch. I combined this hike with an ascent of Initial Point and an underground exploration of Kuna Cave since both were on the way to Celebration Park.

I parked just outside Celebration Park at the old Guffey Railroad Bridge. I followed trails somewhat, but they didn't lead to the summit, so I left the trails and just hiked cross-country. The summit is deceiving as it appears to be a small rise to the left, but once up to that point it is apparent that this is not the summit. Another 1/4 mile up you will reach the summit and the view is spectacular. Unexpectedly, there are cliffs on the south side and great views of the Owyhees. A huge cairn was at the summit along with a register and a bottle of Orange Crush, lol. As a side note, the contour map appears incorrect for this peak. The summit is located to the SW of the spot indicated on the map.

This is an enjoyable hike that I highly recommend for times when short on time or it is too cold to hike the higher peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:853 ft / 259 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Trailhead:Guffey Railroad Bridge  2267 ft / 690 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
50 degrees and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes



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