Ascent of Blue Eagle Mountain on 1992-07-01

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Vicky Hoover (leader)
Campy Camphausen
Mary Sue Miller
Gail Hanna
Pete Yamagata
Doug Hatfield----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 1, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Eagle Mountain
    Elevation:9561 ft / 2914 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following our group’s ascent of Currant Mountain, we camped at the Timber Creek C. G. in anticipation of traversing North Schell to South Schell Peak the next day. However, unexpected snow fell at Timber Creek during the night, abruptly changing our plans for the Schells and keeping us at loose ends yesterday. Today we switched to Plan B, staying at a lower elevation and climbing Blue Eagle Mountain, a little visited but worthy peak on BLM land in the northern Grant Range which rises 4,800 feet above Railroad Valley. Thanks particularly to Vicky Hoover’s skilfull navigation, we made the ambitious Box Canyon-North Ridge loop, which is described in John Hart’s “Hiking the Great Basin,” pp 227-231. We parked at a convenient spot for our several vehicles approaching Box Canyon. We hiked into Box Canyon Wash, continuing up the beautiful, winding defile of Box Canyon, which circles north and east of Blue Eagle Mountain. Passing through the gorge in the upper canyon, with an occasional scramble, the drainage opens into gentle uplands, which in turn lead to the limestone plateau ridge of Blue Eagle with low undulating draws and swells with the summit near the south end. The broad summit plateau is half a mile wide and over a mile long. After lunch on top, we started the return to the cars via the North Ridge route, which proved to be a longer descent than expected. It was not nearly as “direct” as we thought once off the summit plateau as we carefully tried various spurs and gullies running into Box Canyon. After a long 13-hour day, we arrived back at our cars at 9:00PM. Good job, Vicky.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4561 ft / 1390 m
    Route:Box Canyon
    Trailhead:Lower Box Canyon  5000 ft / 1524 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Very good

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