Ascent of Scapegoat Mountain on 2020-08-14

Climber: Duncan Lennon

Others in Party:Conor
Date:Friday, August 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Scapegoat Mountain
    Elevation:9202 ft / 2804 m

Ascent Trip Report

A spectacular peak and one of the Crown of the Continent's foremost gems. Straight Creek, though a couple of miles longer, offers the approach with the least elevation gain; below are enumerated some different route options:
Crown Mountain via Green Fork: 16, +5200' -1400'
Benchmark/Straight via Green Fork: 17.4, +4000'
Elk Creek to southeast aspect of peak (I'm unclear on the route from there, looks like you could access the saddle between Scapegoat and 8803 from the north): 13.8, +3800' -1600'

By this route the peak is class 1. I think I've never been on a longer hike with fewer technical challenges. The trail up the Green Fork continues unmaintained along a high bench between cliff bands to gain the upper plateau, from where it's a fun wander through karst landscape towards the summit (don't fall into any holes!) Having started at 11:30, we ate dinner on the summit and retreated to camp at around 8300' in spectacular lighting conditions. It was then an easy walk out, pausing to swim in the crystalline Straight Creek near the car.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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