Ascent of Prairie Peak on 2017-05-13

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Prairie Peak
    Elevation:3422 ft / 1043 m

Ascent Trip Report

I didn't do much research prior to coming to the area to tag this peak after doing Grass Mountain earlier in the day. I had a few GPS tracks on my phone, one for someone that was able to drive to the top and another starting on the north side. I approached from the north and didn't realize the standard route is from the south and requires going over Gunsight pass to access. Instead, I saw the GPS track start not too far from where I was at a junction and headed there. There is clearly a lot of ongoing logging activity in the area, so the roads I traveled on to my parking spot were pretty good though a few sections were a bit mushy from all the rain. I started to drive past where I parked but quickly realized that the road that continues on to the summit is overgrown. It is perfectly fine for hiking, however. There are no gates from the north side, so an ATV could make it all the way to the summit ridge.

Anyway, I hiked to the top in marginal weather and tromped around for a bit looking for the respective high points for the east and west peaks.

After finishing this hike, I continued on to get Roman Nose. Having come from the north, I wanted to go out via logging roads to the south. It was very easy to do after looking at the map. After returning to the main logging road from the alternate trailhead, I continued on it to Gunsight Pass. From there I simply followed the obvious artery all the way down to Horton. The road clearly sees a ton of traffic and was easy to navigate even in the dark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:North Side Road
    Start Trailhead:North Side Road Fork  2422 ft / 738 m
    Time:51 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:North Side Road
    End Trailhead:North Side Road Fork  2422 ft / 738 m
    Time:21 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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