Ascent of Tenderfoot Mountain on 2018-02-17

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, February 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Tenderfoot Mountain
    Elevation:8624 ft / 2628 m

Ascent Trip Report

Disappointed that several peaks I wanted to tag turned out to be on private property or had gates closed for the winter I was not 0 for 4 in finding something to peakbag. Karen being a good sport could see I was frustrated and suggested that she go with me and try one more. We just finished watching or nephew play ice hockey in Gunnison and I could see the big "W" on the side of Tenderfoot Mountain for the Western State Colorado the university in town. We drove down US Highway 50 around and behind the regional airport and off of paved road CR 38. BLM road 3070 has a gate toward the east that accesses BLM lands so you can hike this peak from the south slopes. I needed this as the snow was melted out completely on the south side of the peak.
The gate is a typical BLM gate that allows access you just have to close it behind you. I had my 4 wheel drive truck and needed it. The road had just melted out the snow and was very slick and muddy with some deep ruts. I had to slap it into 4 high. We got to some mud that would require 4 low but it was getting late and the sun was setting and I did not want to risk getting stuck since my tires are still highway not All terrain mud and snow.

We parked at a clearing about one mile as the crow flies from the peak and started our bushwhack near where the creek on the USGS map diverges from BLM 3070 and long before BLM 3068 before the big switch back in the road. The road was just too muddy to risk. This launching point was near USGS nob point 8022. We bushwhacked up to the nob and then took a meandering line around the ravine and up to the peak. The views were nice and the bushwhack was very easy with low ground cover. The meander path made the hike up about 1.5 miles. We got back down in time to meet the family for dinner. A few more days of sun and the drive would have been easy to a higher elevation or if we had mud-snow tires.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:809 ft / 246 m
    Total Elevation Loss:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:794 ft / 242 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 774 ft / 236 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:off BLM road see TR  7850 ft / 2392 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km

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