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Ascent to Zero Butte-Dirt Road to Summit on 2021-04-30

Climber: Matt Varney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, April 30, 2021
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Zero Butte - Dirt Road to Summit
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:3290 ft / 1002 m
    Remaining Elevation:52 ft / 16 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Successfully visited the tree in the center of the turn-around at the north end of the residential neighborhood, which Edward Earl suggested could be the actual high point. The butte does look lower from here, but this could be an optical illusion. Others indicate that the neighborhood looked lower from the butte. Elevation data on CalTopo suggests that both areas are about the same elevation, with areas on the butte and in the middle of the former Air Force base (the fenced area west of the residential area) being the highest by a few feet. (I also drove into the middle of the base while looking for information.) I don't know how accurate the elevation data is in that area, though. I haven't found any high-resolution LIDAR data available for the area.

Started hiking down the dirt road toward the actual summit of the butte. Turned around after a few hundred feet, where there is a new-looking sign that says "Private Property. Invited Guests Only." After a bit of investigation, I found that the previous owner died a few years ago. I also dug up the phone number of a ranch house that may be associated with the property. No one answered, so I drove to the house, but no one was around. Additional investigation in town and with the Chamber of Commerce failed to get me any farther.

The next day, I tried the number again and got a live person. After a bit of hesitation, they explained that (1) the land is now owned by an LLC and (2) they really can't give me permission to enter the property.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:45 ft / 13 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Dirt Road
    Trailhead:Richmond Road  3335 ft / 1016 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Varney
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