Ascent of Elden Mountain on 2019-05-12

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Dean Gaudet
David Sanger
Date:Sunday, May 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Elden Mountain
    Elevation:9299 ft / 2834 m

Ascent Trip Report

Needing some exercise after our near drive-up of Roof Butte, we decided to go up Elden Mountain, a popular peak in the Flagstaff city limits. A sign near the trailhead declared that the top is closed due to helicopter logging, retrieving dead trees from the devastating Radio Fire in 1977. When we reached the summit area after 2400 feet of gain, we encountered yellow tape across the trail and a sign showing the closure area. There was no logging activity on this Sunday afternoon, and in fact a red car suggested that the lookout was probably on duty. We ran over to touch the highest rock under the tower, and I found the nearby benchmark.

Heads up that the summit will clearly be inaccessible at certain times in the near future.
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The trail leading to the summit of Elden, with lookout tower and antennas visible. There was a major fire here in 1977 (2019-05-12). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2439 ft / 743 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2439 ft / 743 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Elden Lookout Trail
    Start Trailhead:Elden Lookout Trailhead  6860 ft / 2090 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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