Ascent of Blueberry Knoll on 2017-05-30

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blueberry Knoll
    Elevation:800 m / 2625 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I had just made a successful summit of Flattop Mountain, despite some snow and ice near the top that made the ascent at that spot a little scary, but I was back on the wide, well maintain access trail on the west side of Blueberry Knoll and it was impossible for me to be so close to a named summit without bagging it. At the point I left the main trail, it was only a few hundred feet to the summit. There was a good unmaintained trail that switchbacks to Blueberry Knoll's summit ridge. I used the Peakbagger's coordinates on my GPS to reach the summit, but it sure looked to me like a mound a few hundred feet to the south was significantly higher, so I hiked over there only to discover that the first mound now looked higher than the mound I hiked to. I took GPS readings at both spots: South mound - 2679 feet (with coordinates of 61.09722 N 149.67773 W) North mound - 2666 feet So, it would seem the south mound is the actual highpoint, but Peakbagger marks the north mound as the highest. The good news is that both mounds are not separated by more than a few hundred feet on an easy to traverse open ridgeline, so you can bag both spots in a few minutes. The view of the north face of Flattop Mountain from either mound is worth the visit alone, but there is a great vista from every point of the compass here. I highly recommend a side trip to Blueberry Knoll after a Flattop Mountain climb or just make Blueberry Knoll your final destination. You will not be disappointed.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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