Ascent of Mount Dubois on 2018-08-17

Climber: Sandy Lara

Date:Friday, August 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Dubois
    Elevation:13559 ft / 4132 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peter and I wanted to finish off the highest and farthest DPS peaks this summer, but Dubois eluded us after we did Patterson, Boundary and Montgomery because of thunderstorms. We left the area and did Ruby Dome and Wheeler, then continued to Colorado and beyond. We decided to try for it on our return home since we were already up north (Yellowstone). The forecast was good. This has a long dirt road drive to the trailhead, and while we really appreciate that someone cut a lot of tree branches to make the road wider, our truck and camper is tall so we had to do some additional work. The hike starts out easy (DPS Route A) but after a few hundred feet gets steep, climbing scree. Once the ridge is reached, it eases up for a bit, but then there are rock piles along the ridge that need to be negotiated, with the last two requiring about a mile traverse. It's best to stay around 12,500' for this and come out to the ~13,000' saddle on the other side. Then it is just a couple more easy elevation gains, first to the summit ridge and then to the summit itself. The traverse took a lot more time than expected but we improved our route on the return. It was a long trip, but satisfying to complete!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5800 ft / 1767 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5800 ft / 1767 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Start Trailhead:7759 ft / 2364 m
Descent Statistics

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