Ascent of Greer Hill on 2008-07-07

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Monday, July 7, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Greer Hill
    Elevation:3440 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the junction of ID-62 and ID-7 about 1½ miles N of the tiny town of Nez Perce, I turned N on ID-7, which is also called Russell Ridge Rd. Zero or note your odometer here. At 6.1 miles I turned E on Greer Rd, which is well-graded gravel. At 7.1 miles I turned L on Lauby Rd in the bottom of a gully amid a cluster of buildings. At 7.4 miles I turned R at a fork. At 8.2 miles the road (probably just a long driveway) topped out in front of a one-story white house. All roads to this point are suitable for any street legal vehicle.

I parked in front of the house and rang the doorbell, but no one answered. There were no other vehicles parked nearby and the condition of the grass in front of the closed garage was as if the garage had not been used recently, and I got the nerve to peer into the doors and windows of the house. The inside of the house was in good condition but completely bare of furniture, as if no one was living there and the owner was trying to sell it, though there was no "For Sale" sign anywhere nearby. I decided to climb the hill without further ado.

I hiked N up the open field behind the house, and I soon found myself swimming in 6-foot-tall wheat. At about 3250', I reached a saddle and intercepted a "road" (really just a two-track through the grass and wheat) that provided easier travel to the summit. On the descent, I followed this road all the way to the "main" road about 200' W of the house.

The area is also accessible from US-12 to the E. At virtual mile post 52.5 about 1 mile S of the junction with ID-11 in Greer, one would head W on Greer Rd. The road is quite convoluted and climbs steeply up a rugged canyon. After 4 miles is the junction with Lauby Rd.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:310 ft / 94 m
    Trailhead:3130 ft / 954 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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