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Ascent of Oregon Butte on 2012-07-05

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Nancy Willis
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Oregon Butte
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6387 ft / 1946 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road to the TH is in good shape. Hike the trail as mapped until on the N ridge of Misery. Here we found an unexpected trail fork. We went right on the lesser tread as we intended to tag West Butte too. This is the old trail as shown on the map. It continued as expected up to the open summit of West Butte with a few downed trees over the trail. The trail was clearly now not receiving a lot of use. We continued on back down and found where the other trail merged back in. This fit my speculation that the other trail was just a horizontal bypass of the trail over West Butte that took a more direct route to the saddle between the two peaks. We continued on here with the trails heading up to the summit. The trail actually is a bit more on the ridgeline than mapped but that doesn't really matter. We found the lookout still locked up for the season though it should open soon. Trail in great shape. Wide views, as nice as it gets around here. The HP is back about 150' from the lookout to the N and you pass by it. We descended the same way and took the other trail which did indeed just bypass West Butte although it had a little up and down as it weaved through a lot of fallen trees. Car camping is possible at the large TH here.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1407 ft / 428 m
    Elevation Loss:1407 ft / 428 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1157 ft / 352 m
    Extra Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Oregon Butte Trail
    Trailhead:Tepee TH  5480 ft / 1670 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1157 ft / 352 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Oregon Butte Trail
    Trailhead:Tepee TH  5480 ft / 1670 m
Ascent Part of Trip: WestOregon

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1West Butte2012-07-05 a
2Oregon Butte2012-07-05 b



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