Ascent of Van Patten Butte on 2020-07-30

Climber: Joe Whittington

Others in Party:David Zeps
Reuel Kurzet
Kate Wolpert
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Van Patten Butte
    Elevation:8729 ft / 2660 m

Ascent Trip Report

We backpacked to the Lake on Wednesday and climbed on Thursday. We ascended the east track then traversed on the south face of the ridge and ascended up back to the ridge once we were past the cliffs. Probably would have been easier to have traversed on the 8200' contour rather than trying to go higher then having to descend to get around the cliff face. Once on the saddle between the Butte and peak 8648' it's an easy stroll to the summit. We descended directly down the ridge to the east then mostly followed the drainage back to the Lake and camp. The majority of the climb, other than the summit approach is steep and thick brush and/or loose rock.
It is hard to see your route once you are in the trees and there is not a clear path up to the ridge saddles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1304 ft / 397 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1304 ft / 397 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Mud/Swamp, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1304 ft / 397 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Gully from Van Patten lake then south side of Ridg
    Start Trailhead:7425  7425 ft / 2263 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1304 ft / 397 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Ridge then gully to Lake
    End Trailhead:7425 ft / 2263 m
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Joe Whittington
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