Ascent of Strawberry Peak on 2012-07-22

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Strawberry Peak
    Elevation:10335 ft / 3150 m

Ascent Trip Report

On US-6 at virtual MP 211.1, which is ½ mile E of the Tesoro gas station at Soldier Summit, I turned N where there is a USFS information station with maps. Call this point mile 0.0. I then headed E from the info station. At 0.6 mile I went R at a fork. There are occasional No Trespassing signs on both sides of the road for the next several miles. The road condition is well-graded gravel suitable for any street legal vehicle. At 4.6 miles I entered the Uinta NF. The road becomes rutted, suitable only for high clearance vehicles beyond this point. The No Trespassing signs end. At 7.3 miles I stayed on the main road where it makes a sharp L and FR-047 goes mostly straight. At 8.1 miles I turned L at a T-junction, following FR-81 toward Timer Cyn. At 8.4 miles, FR-148 branches R after gravel piles. I stayed straight on FR-81. At 9.4 miles was a mud puddle. At 9.6 miles I stayed straight where FR-33 turns R. Just past this point was a major mud puddle which caused my truck to lurch sharply to one side as I drove through it. On the return drive I used a two-track that bypasses it. At mile 11.1, FR-149 branches off to the R to Timber Cyn. I stayed straight on FR-81, which is signed as the way to Strawberry Pk. At mile 12.3, the road entered a forest and began climbing to the summit ridge of Strawberry Pk. At 14.1 miles is a junction. The R branch (which is mostly straight ahead) is signed as the way to strawberry Pk. There were several puddles at the junction and my traction was beginning to slip, so I decided to park here and walk the remaining distance.

Just beyond the junction is a second junction where the way to Strawberry Pk makes a sharp R, which I did (on foot). The remaining hike was a straightforward mile. The road tops out about 50 feet below the summit knoll which was on my R. A spur road climbed to the double-humped summit, of which the southern bump is higher and harbors the BM. Another summit about a mile to the E appears almost as high, but the topo map shows its elevation is 10295, some 40' lower.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:585 ft / 179 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:FR-081  9750 ft / 2971 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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