Ascent of Sable Mountain on 2019-07-23

Climber: Steve Moffitt

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Sable Mountain
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

I rode a Park Service bus from Igloo Creek Campground to Sable Pass. I intended to hike straight up from the pass, but I forgot about the Sable Pass Wildlife Viewing Area Closure. Therefore, I had the bus driver drop me off at Sable Pass and then I hiked down the road from Sable Pass to Tattler Creek to start my hike. I had also researched this route by looking at USGS topo maps and was confident it was possible.

I started hiking up Tattler Creek about 0840. I had to cross the creek about half a dozen times, but it was low enough that I never got my shoes wet. The creek bed has a lot of brush, but there are game trails through it most of the way. There were a lot of caribou tracks and scat along the creek bed. Also, some brown bear scat so I carried my bear repellant in my hand and made a fair amount of noise so I could hopefully be heard over the background creek noise. I saw 2 people camping about a mile up the creek.

About 1.6 miles up the creek, I headed up the slope to the left and then up to the ridge that continues to the top of Sable Mountain. There was some steep, rocky hiking to get up on the ridge, but it was a nice ridge hike from there to the summit.

There were beautiful views on top, but also a significant amount of haze from wildfires. There were caribou beds and scat in an area of loose soil near the top, and I could see 3 Dall Sheep along the west continuation of the ridge. Also, it was warm enough that clouds were forming and dissipating quickly, so I stayed on top long enough to shot 45 minutes of time lapse video of the view to the west.

On the return trip, I hiked started down the same ridge, but cut off the ridge to the north to enter Tattler Creek higher. This would work for the climb up also. I also climbed up out of the Tattler Creek basin about 0.8 miles downstream to shoot additional time lapse video looking up the creek.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2589 ft / 789 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2589 ft / 789 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Party cloudy and pleasant with almost no wind; cumulus clouds building fast and dissipating fast.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2589 ft / 789 m
    Route:Tattler Creek and SE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Tattler Creek road crossing  3411 ft / 1039 m
    Time:2 Hours 29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2589 ft / 789 m
    End Trailhead:Tattler Creek road crossing  3411 ft / 1039 m
    Time:4 Hours 51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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