Ascent of The Bullpen on 2016-08-02
|Date:||Tuesday, August 2, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8084 ft / 2464 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFossil Butte National Monument is about 6 miles west of Kemmerer, WY, off US 30. The fossils come from the Fossil Butte Member of the world-famous Green River Formation, of Eocene age. Fish are the most abundant fossils, but there are also mammals, birds, and invertebrates among the fauna.
To get there, follow the brown NM signs onto WY 300, then go north onto the NM entrance road. A little more than a mile will bring you to the visitor's center, and another 4.5 miles or so will bring you to the intersection shown on the topographic map. I parked here and hiked cross-country to the summit of The Bullpen. The summit is marked by a small wooden tripod, about four feet tall, with the bench mark "Cundick" between the legs of the tripod. The summit area is fairly flat but there was no place obviously higher than the BM.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||124 ft / 37 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||124 ft / 37 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||Cross country|
| Start Trailhead:||Road intersection 7960 ft / 2426 m|
| Time:||15 Minutes|
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