Ascent of Trinity Mountain on 2019-07-05

Climber: Kelsey Backen

Others in Party:Dagr Backen
Date:Friday, July 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Trinity Mountain
    Elevation:9451 ft / 2880 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a day. Trying to get an adventure day in with my 7 y/o son, I decided we should take this one on. We left the house before 10 am on the DR200 and went to get some food on our way out of town. After eating on the east side of Boise we took HWY 21 up to the Lucky Peak Dam and crossed it. From the topo maps there is a dirt road that crosses and eventually meets up with Blacks Creek Rd. I was disappointed to see that this road (a service road), has a gate and said "No motorized traffic." Well, that was plan A. Plan B would take too long, so we took the service road anyway. This was fun as we picked our way through the rough two-track. This lead to another gate with a lock on it. I looked around and saw a faint two track headed to the NE so I decided we would follow that until we saw an opening in the fence. This actually worked out and we were able to find another gate without a lock. This let us get out of the fenced in area and before long we were on Blacks Creek Rd. We took this to Prarie, then over to Trinity Ridge Rd, then to the camp ground at the gate for the road that leads to Trinity lakes. It had a sign on it that said it was closed until July 15. We contemplated finding a way through but my boy wanted to start hiking and I didn't argue with him. We could see the lookout tower from where we parked and I could tell it would be a grind. Nearly 2 hours, 1.6 miles, and 2000k in elevation later and we were at the lookout, eating a snack and taking a few pictures. The decent was super fast and we were back at the moto in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Total round-trip time was around 3:15. We hammered our way back to Boise, this time taking the freeway (where I drove on the shoulder because the DR200 doesn't go 85). We stopped and ate and made it home by 10:30 at night. A 12+ hour adventure day and my son is a good little adventure partner.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2001 ft / 609 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2001 ft / 609 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Start Trailhead:7450 ft / 2270 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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