Ascent of Fuego Mountain on 2016-07-13

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Fuego Mountain
    Elevation:6931 ft / 2112 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Dennis Poulin's driving directions as described on as far as where Road 4450 suddenly deteriorated. This is apparently where Bob Bolton parked as well on 2013-07-14:

From Chiloquin head east on the Sprague River Highway.
0.0 Near MP 15 turn hard left onto Lone Pine Road CO 852.
0.1 Turn Right onto FSR 44.
13.9 Turn Left onto FSR 4450.
15.8 Park on right.

From here FSR 4450 becomes steep and deeply rutted, and narrow with brush and small trees encroaching on the sides.

I followed Dennis Poulin's hiking directions on my ascent. The turn off FSR 4450 is onto unmarked FSR 4450250. After turning to the left this road bed becomes dense with manzanita and other brush in one section and I considered climbing directly up the slope to my right, but soon returned to the road, where it became easier to travel. At the 6545 Saddle I bushwacked up the Southwest Ridge to meet the South Ridge which I followed to the summit through forest, brush, and over some rock outcrops.

The summit was a rock pile partially surrounded with small trees with a nice view of the false summit and distant Gearhart Mountain to the east.

I started my descent by following Bob Bolton's recommended route on more open ground below the South Ridge on the east side and this was helpful. Otherwise I approximately followed my ascent route back to my vehicle.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1251 ft / 381 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Roads 4450 & 250 & S Ridge
    Trailhead:Road 4450  5680 ft / 1731 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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