Ascent of Mount Elliott on 2020-01-04

Climber: Otto De Groff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Elliott
    Elevation:7142 ft / 2176 m

Ascent Trip Report

Late on January 3rd I drove down the Price River from Woodside to the crossing just below Trail Canyon. That evening fog covered the whole canyon and area around Woodside. The road was snowpacked, but in pretty good condition. There are some large boulders in the road in places, which makes for a couple tight squeezes, but my Ford Ranger did fine. I camped at the river crossing, spending a cold night burning Tamarisk branches and sleeping by the fire. The next morning (the 4th) I started hiking at 9:00 am. I was able to walk across the river just downstream from the road on ice. Fog from the 3rd persisted into that morning, making visibilty near zero as I walked up the old road out of the canyon. Somebody had driven up the road since the last snowstorm, leaving tracks that I followed. At around 6000 feet the the fog began to clear. From there on I was looking down on a sea of clouds and fog for most of the hike. I followed the road around to the east side of Mount Elliott, leaving it at about 6600 feet in the bottom of a draw. From there I scrambled in snow, now about a foot deep, up to the saddle in between Mount Elliott and Peak 7059. At the saddle I started up the north ridge, climbing through one band of cliffs before circling around to the east side of the summit, where I found what seemed to be the easiest way up. The snow made the scramble pretty difficult. I reached the top at about 2:00 pm. The summit views were wonderful, as I was looking over the sea of clouds that lay over the whole Swell, from the Price area down to the Henry Mountains. I descended the east slopes, walking down through deep snow to the road. I met the road at about 6500 feet, walked out to the Price River, reaching the crossing at 7:00 pm.

In all, the snow and cold made for a little slower, long hike. Snow on the sandstone ciffs around the summit made the final scramble somewhat dangerous. The night spent by the river was very cold as well, probably around 15 degrees. In all, however, this was a rewarding winter ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2642 ft / 805 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2642 ft / 805 m
    Grade/Class:Road hike, class 3 s
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Dense fog on lower slopes, clear at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2642 ft / 805 m
    Route:Beckwith Plateau (road)
    Start Trailhead:Price River  4500 ft / 1371 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2642 ft / 805 m
    Route:Beckwith Plateau (road)
    End Trailhead:Price RIver  4500 ft / 1371 m

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