Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 2013-09-01

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, September 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Taylor Mountain
    Elevation:9840 ft / 2999 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access to Taylor Mtn is from US-20 in NE ID at a point where it is nominally east-west, but actually runs north-south.

Near mile post 389 directly across from a Phillips 66 station (28 miles N or Ashton or 14 miles S of the junction with ID-87), I turned W on paved Yale-Kilgore Rd. After you are on it, it is variously identified as FR-030 and CR A-2. After 13.4 miles, the road turns to smooth, well-graded gravel as it enters Clark county. Only about 100 yards later, I turned R (N) on FR-042, which is identified by a sign only after the turn. Another sign warns that this road is not maintained for passenger cars. That sign is accurate: the road is rough and uneven, with many protruding rocks and occasional ruts. A car without high clearance would have a lot of trouble, though my Nissan truck did OK with 2WD. I followed this road for an additional 5.3 miles to its end where there is plenty of parking space. The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is here: it heads E from the roadend parking area and W from a point a couple hundred yards before the end. In between, the CDT follows the road.

I hiked back to where the CDT takes off westbound. The route to Taylor Mtn is straightforward: although the CDT itself meanders somewhat, it stays near the ridge, bypassing point 9495 on its S side. It is frequently marked with wooden posts bearing small signs identifying the trail. The open pit mine on the S side of point 9667 is long abandoned and has mostly returned to nature. Beyond the mine, the CDT is a two-track that was obviously once the road that provided access to the mine. After an additional mile, where the trail reached the final rise to Taylor Mtn, I left the trail and headed cross-country upslope to the summit. Though the straight-line distance from my truck to the summit is about 4 miles, I estimate that the actual distance I travelled on foot is about 6 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1900 ft / 579 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Trailhead:8100 ft / 2468 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 20 Minutes

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