Ascent of Fool Creek Peak on 2016-06-14

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fool Creek Peak
    Elevation:9712 ft / 2960 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was going to try to follow Eric Kassan's route up Fool Creek Peak, but I found a better way. I noticed along the lower trail that the route was marked with pink surveyor's tape about every 100 ft or so. I decided to follow the pink ribbons since they seemed to be marking an old trail. It turned out to be a good route. The pink ribbon trail took me all the way up the saddle at about 8,550 ft on the west ridge of Fool Creek Peak. The trail was generally good but overgrown by scrub oak in several spots. I kept a close eye on the tread of the trail and the pink ribbons and never got off track too far. There are a couple spots where the trail crosses a small creek where the trail disappears and the pink ribbons are sparse. I had to look around to determine the proper direction, noticed a cairn or two and used my instincts to continue up the mountain. Overall, this is a good route up to the west ridge. Once on the west ridge, the trail gets lost in overgrown aspen groves a couple of times, but it was easy to pick up the trail again further up. This was a nice hike with great views. A little trail maintenance would greatly enhance the hiking route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2950 ft / 899 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Pink Ribbon Trail
    Trailhead:6762 ft / 2061 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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