Ascent of Shaw Mountain on 2015-11-11

Climber: Dan Krueger

Date:Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shaw Mountain
    Elevation:5904 ft / 1799 m

Ascent Trip Report

Even though snow was visible on Lucky Peak, I wanted to get this hike in before the weather got even worse. I set off after lunch and parked at the Fish and Game office north of Hilltop on ID-21. I began hiking up the road, which was damp but not too muddy. About a mile into the hike the road became quite muddy and I heard several gun shots in the distance, I had overlooked that it was hunting season!

The road became snow covered at about 4200 feet, which was actually a relief because it was easier to walk through the snow than the mud. The drawback was that it made finding the trail leading to the ridge nearly impossible. I followed the road too far and missed the trail. Realizing I had gone too far up the road, I had to cut cross-country to the ridge to join the trail. The snow was about 6" deep, which made for a difficult cross-country trek.

Once finding the ridge and trail, the rest of the hike was a breeze. The snow at the summit was 6-8" deep, which slowed me down a bit, but made for a beautiful hike with a winter-like feel. Hiking down was simple as I was able to follow the "trail" back to the road. I only included the GPS route for the decent as the ascent was quite a mess and not a recommended route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2287 ft / 697 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2287 ft / 697 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Overcast
40 degrees, few light snow flakes falling
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2287 ft / 697 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Adelmann Mine
    Start Trailhead:ID-21 at the Fish and Game Office  3617 ft / 1102 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2287 ft / 697 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Adelmann Mine
    End Trailhead:ID-21 at the Fish and Game Office  3617 ft / 1102 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Krueger
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