Ascent of Rock Creek Butte on 2021-07-05

Climber: Matt Varney

Others in Party:Kenley B.
Date:Monday, July 5, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Rock Creek Butte
    Elevation:9106 ft / 2775 m

Ascent Trip Report

Approached on Road 6510 from the direction of Sumpter. Road has been graded recently and is suitable for most high-clearance vehicles. We had no significant problems in a 2002 RAV4 with the OME lift kit (~2.5" gain in the rear). There are still rocky sections and medium-sized water bars, so proceed with caution. Mountain bikers on the trail informed us that they had approached from the Baker City end of the road and it is also much improved, but still steep and rocky.

The trail is also in great condition. We approached on the Elkhorn Crest Trail and scrambled up the southwest ridge of the butte, and then returned to the trail via the southeast ridge. The southeast is rockier but appears more heavily traveled. Both ridges make for a relatively easy ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1746 ft / 532 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Wildfire haze on horizon
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1746 ft / 532 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1566 ft / 477 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Loss on way in:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Elkhorn Crest Tr + SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Marble Pass  7540 ft / 2298 m
    Time:3 Hours 13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: RockCk+Elkhorn 2021-07-05 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rock Creek Butte2021-07-05 a1746 ft / 532 m
2Elkhorn Peak2021-07-05 b770 ft / 235 m
Total Trip Gain: 2516 ft / 767 m    Total Trip Loss: 2516 ft / 767 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Varney
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