Ascent of Rock Creek Butte on 2008-07-01

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Rock Creek Butte
    Elevation:9106 ft / 2775 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove about .9 mile up Pole Creek Ridge 4WD road to a nice meadow before the road got really rough. Walked up the rest of the road which became a nice trail up the ridge to meet the Elkhorn Crest Trail. The Elkhorn Crest Trail is an awesome trail that was picked and blasted out of the rocky south slope of the long ridgeline. Although the trail stays on the south side, several parts of the trail were still covered by small cornices on the east side of sub-ridges. Most could be avoided by a small up- or down-climb, but the one just northeast of subpeak 8105 required a bit of a scramble uphill. Going up the southwest ridge to the summit required some route-choosing around tree clusters and areas of loose talus. Overall a nice scramble. The Wallowa, Strawberry and Aldrich Ranges are in sight on a clear day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3071 ft / 934 m
    Elevation Loss:3071 ft / 934 m
    Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2671 ft / 813 m
    Extra Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Pole Creek Ridge Trail 1624, Elkhorn Crest Trail
    Trailhead:Pole Creek Ridge 4WD road  6835 ft / 2083 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2671 ft / 813 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Elkhorn Crest Trail, Pole Creek Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Pole Creek Ridge 4WD road  6835 ft / 2083 m

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