Ascent of Peak 8978 on 2015-08-22

Climber: Dean Molen

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 8978
    Elevation:8978 ft / 2736 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hardly a peak I'd recommend since the majority of it was a bushwhack up through Aspen trees. I would strongly suggest never doing any of the peaks in this area on a saturday as the narrow dirt road was a constant stream of traffic ranging from trucks, horses, motorcycles and of course, ORV's. I used this one and a nearby one mainly for conditioning since the prominence is both cases was in the 500' arena. I parked at lat/long 40.3433 111.20433, elev 8330. A good parking spot near a cattle guard was where I started. A nearby wire fence gate allowed me to not have to climb over a barb wire fence.
After 0.1 mile of open space (and tall brush), I hit the aspens and I had them to contend with all the way to the top ridgeline. Often animal paths would help me find my way through the stuff. On the summit, it was difficult to find an exact spot where I could say "yay, this is the summit". No, I had to wander around awhile trying to decide where the highest spot might be as the area is covered in waist high brush and aspen trees. After stumbling around for about 15 minutes, I finally called it good and headed down the ridge south to get to Peak 8710. More plunging through aspens in some spots and then up through more on the northern side of Peak 8710. I don't recommend this one either but at least if you do ever do these dumpster diver peaks north of the Strawberry Reservoir, you can say you were warned. I won't write up a TR for 8710. Its easy enough to find but the choices are yours. I didn't go back up over 8978 on the way back but if you look at the topo map of the area, you'll see what I did.
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