Ascent of Elkhorn Peak on 2011-08-11

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Thursday, August 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elkhorn Peak
    Elevation:9095 ft / 2772 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Elkhorn Pk from I-15. I exited at the Malud Summit Exit 21, zero odometer, and took the road north on the east side of the interstate. At mile 3.1 turn left on 11000 Rd where there is a sign for Summit Campgraound in 3 miles. At 4.3 turn right on a gravel road, at 5.2 there is a Caribou National Forest sign, at 6.1 is the Summit Campground. I paid to camp there overnight and then drove another 1.1 miles up the road to where it ends at elevation 6,600 ft.

I hiked up the trail/ATV track to a fork in about .5 mile. Indian Mill Canyon goes right and Kany Canyon goes left. I went left and followed this nice trail to a pass at 8,000 ft. I then left the trail turned west, climbed a little and then started travering in the forest around the north end of Kents Peak. There is a little bushwhacking on this route. I came out of the forest at the 8,200 ft saddle between Kents and Elkhorn. The route was mostly covered with grass and wildflowers, so I followed game trails up the the ridge and then up the south ridge of Elkhorn. No technical difficulties along the route and soon I was standing next to the monster summit cairn. I think it is about 9 ft tall and beautifully built. Great views from the summit. After signing the register, I decided to complete the loop on this hike. I continued north along the Elkhorn Ridge and found a climbers trail that I followed down to the Indian Mill Canyon saddle and then followed that trail back to the trailhead.

I think I like the Kany Canyon route for its beauty, but the Indian Mill Canyon route for its easier route to follow.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2470 ft / 753 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:Kane Cyn Loop to Indian Spg Cyn
    Trailhead:6625 ft / 2019 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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