Ascent of South Saddle Mountain on 2018-07-28

Climber: Matt Varney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Saddle Mountain
    Elevation:3464 ft / 1055 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the directions at SummitPost to drive to the saddle between the two summits. The gravel roads are all in good condition, except for the last couple of miles, which have larger gravel and a number of big potholes. No other hikers on the mountain, although I did see an ODF truck at the saddle before I started.

Hiked on the road up to the west summit first and stood on the highest rocks next to the towers on the west and east sides. Back at the saddle, I went up the right-hand road and cut up to the left through the bushes when nearing the summit. Found the fireplace and the rock with the survey benchmark disc at the east end of the ridge. It appears that the views could be quite nice on a really clear day, but unfortunately, the eastern sky was pretty hazy from wildfire smoke. I could barely see Hood and Jefferson. On the way down, I found an overgrown logging road (deep ruts) that was an easier route back to the gravel road. I have marked its approximate location on the GPS track.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:194 ft / 59 m
    Total Elevation Loss:194 ft / 59 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Some haze from wildfires in eastern Oregon.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:194 ft / 59 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Saddle  3270 ft / 996 m
    Time:0 Hours 13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:194 ft / 59 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:Saddle  3270 ft / 996 m
    Time:0 Hours 7 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: South Saddle Mtn 072818

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Saddle Mountain-West Peak2018-07-28 b170 ft / 52 m
2South Saddle Mountain2018-07-28 c194 ft / 59 m
Total Trip Gain: 364 ft / 111 m    Total Trip Loss: 364 ft / 111 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Varney
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