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Ascent of Butt Mountain on 2017-10-09

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Marcus Sierra
Dean Gaudet
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butt Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7870 ft / 2398 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Chester, Google Maps attempted to route us over mysterious roads from state route 36. Reading previous reports, we instead went to state route 32 south and turned left on forest service road 28N12. A sign at the intersection said that the road had no outlet and was a dead end in 15 miles. We drove this road 9 miles to a T intersection and turned right, continuing 1.1 miles to a small parking area on the left. Just past this a new-looking sign read PCT 1.4 miles, Butt Mountain 5.9 miles. The roads are in good condition and could be driven by any passenger car. There was a downed tree across the road just past the trailhead, so perhaps it’s not as well maintained past this point.

It was 36 degrees with a strong wind as we set out. Only a short way in we heard a large cracking sound above us that started me sprinting forward. A big section of a tree trunk crashed to the ground about 25 feet to the left of where I’d been walking. We continued gradually up the north slope of the hill, cold and shaded from the rising sun. We reached the PCT and turned left. This area is just south of the midpoint of the PCT, and some wag had written on one metallic blaze on a tree, “Are we halfway there yet?”, and on the next, “How about now?” After about 3 miles, a sign directed us to a spur trail on the left. This soon emerged above the trees and into a ferocious wind. The trail continued past cairns and over talus to the top. We found a reference mark here, but the benchmark itself is likely buried under the large summit cairn that contained the register.

On the way back we took a short detour over dwarf manzanita to the top of Shanghai Creek Peak, a P300 just off the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2270 ft / 691 m
    Total Elevation Loss:700 ft / 213 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Very Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2270 ft / 691 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1570 ft / 478 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Loss on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Route:Carter Creek Trail, PCT
    Start Trailhead:6300 ft / 1920 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics



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