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Ascent of Thompson Peak on 2019-07-14

Climber: John Stolk

Date:Sunday, July 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Thompson Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:7460 ft / 2273 m

Ascent Trip Report

GPS track for Approach drive. Suitable for Subaru type vehicle.

A long drive in from pavement. I drove in via Ryder Irvine described route from Plains and exited north on 7512 and then back to Thompson Falls area via FS road 9991 to reconnect with Highway 200. This peak felt remote.

From Ken Jones report I was anticipating some downed trees so decided to bring a bow saw and do some trail maintenance along the way if possible. The trail had been recently cleared up to about 6200' Above that I spent several extra hours dragging small trees off the trail and cutting limbs out of the way. Where Trail 1609 makes a distinct "S" bend on the map at 6500' I went straight up grass and talus slopes (from 6560-6860' elev) as the track had almost faded out completely and seemed to be traversing unnecessarily. Here I rejoined the trail and resumed my maintenance efforts. On the way down I decided to drop straight down to the road. Although this was faster I cannot recommend it- the brush down low was pretty thick.

On the way out I left a brand new bear spray canister at the parking area so if you go soon perhaps it might still be there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1778 ft / 541 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1778 ft / 541 m
    Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Start Trailhead:5682 ft / 1731 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John Stolk
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