Ascent of Elephant Park Twin Knobs on 2018-02-25

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elephant Park Twin Knobs
    Elevation:7710 ft / 2350 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the other main paved parking lot off of Buffalo Park road. Was parked to scout out a better way to climb Elephant Butte than the bushwhack from north sister that I did last time and this appears to be the shortest way to approach it. Starring right at me from the parking lot was as a small but tantalizing pile of rocks. A small characteristic pinnacle butte like feature like found in the 3 sister park but sitting all by itself in the middle of an open field and right smack between 3 sisters park and elephant butte park. So I open country hiked my way downhill to the bottom of the rocks and jumped on some class 2 then 2+ rock but found far too much snow and ice today to be happy. There is a lot of routes on this small rock pile from class 3 and up and I scouted around and found a lot of bouldering sites with chalk in the grips. Boot prints in the snow verified a lot of people play on these two tiny nubs. I picked my route and found it very fun class 3 with some minor exposure and if not for the occasional snow and ice this would have been relatively easy. Tagging the top was easy and fast but on a warm day with no snow there were many of interesting short routes to be played with along this little surprise. I hiked up and down several routes for fun and then meandered back to the car. I want to come back and do Elephant Butte from this route direction when the snow melts out a bit more
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:230 ft / 69 m
    Total Elevation Loss:220 ft / 66 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Grade/Class:2,2+,3, some 3+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:50 ft / 15 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 10 ft / 4 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Start Trailhead:parking lot off of Buffalo Park Road  7700 ft / 2346 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km

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