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Ascent of Pigeon Butte on 2019-04-21

Climber: JohnE Sarna

Others in Party:Barbara Week and Bob Lillie led our group of 9 total
Date:Sunday, April 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Pigeon Butte
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:543 ft / 165 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sierra Club hike led by Barbara Weeks and geology talk on Willamette Valley by her husband Bob Lillie -- listing -- The pastoral paths to Pigeon Butte make a perfect Easter stroll to enjoy scenic views, spring flowers, and numerous birds. Geologist Bob Lillie will join us to talk about the formation of the Willamette Valley and surrounding mountains, and the impact of the Missoula Floods. This hike is approx. 3.5 miles with 250 ft elevation gain. It is rated moderate because most of the elevation gain is in the 1/4 mi. climb up Pigeon Butte. The vistas are gorgeous the entire hike, but on a clear day the views from the top of Pigeon Butte are stunning. The most of the hike is on a flat gravel road. The last mile will be along a grassy levee which follows Muddy Creek on one side and numerous ponds on the other. This path is seldom mowed and can be wet if it has recently rained, so do wear water resistant boots. We will walk at a leisurely 2 mph pace with some stops for discussion.

Note -- I walked a bit over to the highest point while the group remained a bit lower, enjoying the views to the south while talking geology.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:265 ft / 80 m
    Total Elevation Loss:265 ft / 80 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:265 ft / 80 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:road going north then west from Bruce Rd
    Start Trailhead:Bruce Road - pull-off up and to south with overloo  278 ft / 84 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:265 ft / 80 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:levee near Muddy Creek
    End Trailhead:Bruce Road - pull-off up and to south with overloo  278 ft / 84 m



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