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Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2017-08-11

Climber: Steve Fountain

Date:Friday, August 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:7534 ft / 2296 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in on Rd 165 a couple hundred yards to where the trees were starting to take over again and followed this as it dwindled to a trail through an old logging unit to a rough junction at the foot of a steeper slope - it looked like it ended at an old cat road crossing the foot of the slope. From there it was simply taking a bearing for the ridge up through the trees. Some patches of downed timber, but easier to navigate than a lot of the dead forest trails I have been on recently. Once out to the open summit ridge it was easy to head NW to the summit rocks. Had to do a bit of tromping through the low brush surrounding the summit (but nothing like Rogger the following day - this stuff was ankle to thigh deep). Found a seam on the west side that led to some easy scrambling to the primary summit. Checked out the lower north summit too before heading back the same way I came.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:574 ft / 174 m
    Total Elevation Loss:574 ft / 174 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:574 ft / 174 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Rd 165  6960 ft / 2121 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:574 ft / 174 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    End Trailhead:6960 ft / 2121 m



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