Ascent of South Selkirk Crest on 2016-08-16

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Selkirk Crest
    Elevation:7709 ft / 2349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Useful Information:

The Fisher Peak Trailhead is well signed on the Trout Creek Road, but it is located a half-mile beyond point 4413 where the USGS map shows the trail starting. This trail had seen a lot of maintenance recently (as of August 2016), with some nice boardwalks near the start and all logs across it chainsawed away (except for a few near the very top). The register at the trailhead showed that maybe one party a week used the path--I recommend that visitors sign in so that the Forest Service knows that people use and appreciate their trail network.

My sight level showed that Peak 7680 is clearly lower than the 7709-foot spot elevation point (and the true high point a few feet higher to the south as well), so there is no need to climb that peak unless you want a diverting side trip.

From the high point of the trail, where it finally crosses the ridgecrest at 7300 feet, the easiest thing to do is traverse west, maintaining elevation, until you reach the col between Point 7709 and Peak 7680. This sidehilling is mildly annoying but the forest is pretty open and grassy. Then scramble up to Point 7709 and continue south to a cairn on the broad summit area at the south end of the peak. The climb up from the col is class 3 if you stay on the ridge and enjoy clambering over big boulders, or class 2 if you cut left to bypass the steepest parts.

My Trip:

I did not know about the new trailhead and turned around my car just short of it, and hiked up the overgrown old trail from Point 4413 until it hit the real trail. Obviously, don't do what I did. I was getting concerned about the condition of the route at first, and was very pleased with the maintenance the real trail had received. I returned on the new trail the whole way and then down the road to my car.

I also climbed Peak 7680, which is a fairly open summit and provides more of a 360-degree panorama than the true high point. Getting down to the col from that peak is Class 2, mostly in forest. If you have time, it adds a bit of variety to your hike and you don't have to do the sidehill traverse twice.

Overall a nice hike in a scenic and remote area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:429 ft / 130 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3396 ft / 1034 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2/3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:379 ft / 115 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 329 ft / 100 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:7709/7680 Col  7380 ft / 2249 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3346 ft / 1019 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3296 ft / 1004 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Fisher Peak Tr
    End Trailhead:Trout Creek Rd  4413 ft / 1345 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2016 - South Selkirk

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Point 76802016-08-16 b3267 ft / 996 m
2South Selkirk Crest2016-08-16 c429 ft / 131 m
Total Trip Gain: 3696 ft / 1127 m    Total Trip Loss: 3696 ft / 1126 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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