Ascent of South Bluff on 2016-10-13

Climber: William Musser

Date:Thursday, October 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Bluff
    Elevation:4700 ft / 1432 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
1South Bluff2016-10-13 b643 ft / 196 m
2Crown Rock2016-10-13 c70 ft / 21 m
3Scotts Bluff2016-10-13 d129 ft / 39 m
Total Trip Gain: 842 ft / 256 m    Total Trip Loss: 722 ft / 219 m

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