Ascent of South Bluff on 2016-10-13
|Date:||Thursday, October 13, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4700 ft / 1432 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked at Visitor Center. Did not ask if one could hike to the NP HP I just left Karen at the VC looking at exhibits and jog-walked bushwhacked open country across the Old Oregon Trail Road towards Crown Rock. There had been some recent grass fires so the route was easy to see. There were some gullies and washes in the way so some add gain coming in out of the gullies.
Crown Rock is imposing from the north face, but my hunch was I could scoot around the east side and find a breach in the wall. I was correct. It is very steep loose material on the eastern face of Crown Rock but I fed my way through several breaches in the capping layers and noticed an obvious breach in the vertical wall extending east from Crown Rock. That breach leads you to the saddle between Crown and the rest of the bluff. This almost all class 2 and class 2+ You can find some minor class 3 if you want to take it but the entire route can be done with no class 3 if you wish. The actual HP is way back to the west on the top of the bluff and was easy to find with all the grasses burned and the topo clear to read.
On the way back I decided to grab Crown Rock also.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||643 ft / 195 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||60 ft / 18 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.3 mi / 2.1 km|
| Grade/Class:||1,2,2+ some minor 3 |
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
40F to 45F
| Gain on way in:||633 ft / 192 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 583 ft / 178 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m|
| Loss on way in:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Route:||open country to eastern face of Crown Rock|
| Start Trailhead:||Visitor Center 4117 ft / 1254 m|
| Loss on way out:||10 ft / 3 m|
| Gain on way out:||10 ft / 3 m|
| Distance:||0.3 mi / 0.5 km|
| Route:||Ridge saddle between Bluff and Crown|
| End Trailhead:||saddle between peaks |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Scottsbluff|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 842 ft / 256 m Total Trip Loss: 722 ft / 219 m
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