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Ascent of Crow Peak on 2016-08-10

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crow Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9414 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

My sight level showed that Crow Peak is clearly higher than Elkhorn, so those that need just the county/range high point need only visit Crow. However, the standard route these days seems to climb up to Elkhorn first and then traverse to Crow. And since the terrain between the peaks is easily traversed and relatively scenic, I decided to do the double-traverse. There may be a quicker way to get just Crow.

I was time-constrained on this hike, needing to meet someone later in the afternoon. So I was consciously hustling, and did the entire hike in 4 hours, 40 minutes from just above the ghost town of Elkhorn: 1:25 up to Elkhorn Peak; 0:45 over to Crow; 0:45 back to Elkhorn, 1:10 down to the car; and 0:35 total for summit rests. I was away from the car from 9:50 AM to 2:30 PM.

The only real navigational issue is on the descent from Elkhorn back to the trailhead--the entrance of the old road in the forest may be hard to find from the meadows near Windy Point.

The owners of the private cabin high on Elkhorn Peak allow hikers to pass by, a very enlightened stance that should be rewarded by being respectful of their land. The road to the gate below the cabin is drivable by ambitious Jeep Wrangler or ATV drivers, but it is narrow and forested enough to make for relatively pleasant hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:514 ft / 157 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Trailhead:Crow/Elkhorn Col  8900 ft / 2712 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2016 - Elkhorn

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Elkhorn Peak2016-08-10 a
2Crow Peak2016-08-10 b
3Elkhorn Peak2016-08-10 c
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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