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Ascent of Squaw Butte on 2019-11-23

Climber: Dan Krueger

Others in Party:Kate Wrablik
Morty The Mountain Dog
Date:Saturday, November 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Squaw Butte
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:5896 ft / 1797 m

Ascent Trip Report

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This mountain has been on my mind for a while. Back in 2015 I "climbed" the mountain from the base near Black Canyon Reservoir via the SE rib route up to the fire lookout. Standing there it sure seemed like the highest point, but I later read that the highpoint was actually a few miles north... So Kate and I went back to finally put this to rest. There are actually 3 points on this mountain that seem nearly the same height - the lookout, Squaw Butte South, and Squaw Butte. I'll defer to the USGS, but I have to say that after standing on the 3 points in the same day, the lookout point still definitely looks like the highest... but do as we did and tag all 3 to know you stood at the true highpoint.

I really don't have much to add, it's a pretty straightforward hike with a little off trail scrambling and a little (very light) bushwhacking to get to the "true" summit of Squaw Butte. The road up to below the lookout is decent, but the last half mile or so it very steep and "washboard" so a 4wd vehicle is definitely nice to have.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1676 ft / 510 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1676 ft / 510 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:916 ft / 279 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 166 ft / 51 m; Extra: 750 ft / 228m
    Loss on way in:750 ft / 228 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Start Trailhead:5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:926 ft / 282 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 166 ft / 51 m; Extra: 760 ft / 231m
    Gain on way out:760 ft / 231 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    End Trailhead:5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Squaw Butte

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Squaw Butte-South Peak2019-11-23 
2Squaw Butte2019-11-231676 ft / 511 m
Total Trip Gain: 1676 ft / 511 m    Total Trip Loss: 1676 ft / 511 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Krueger
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