Ascent of Caribou Mountain on 2011-08-26

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Caribou Mountain
    Elevation:9803 ft / 2987 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove Spur 083 (unmapped, but signed on the ground) to just below 6600' on the northwest ridge of the peak. I followed that ridge as it curves to the summit, staying a bit below the crest due to some clouds early on (one lightning strike during my hike, a mile or so away).

I could see what looked to be bits of a trail dropping into the basin NW of the summit, so I dropped down and picked that up. If you look at the attached GPS track, where my downward path becomes a traverse almost north is where I hit the trail, and I followed it through two switchbacks below there.

Comments on this trail - it appears to have once been a constructed trail, probably to the summit (although I did not follow it uphill after finding it). It drops into the trees and crosses some ATV tracks. Not far below the ATV tracks there appeared to be a 4WD road - but I don't know where it comes from. It may be the left fork of Spur 083, but that is ditched and ripped perhaps 50 yards after the NW ridge fork goes right.

The roads (118 and 188) to reach Spur 083 (I came in on 118, and headed out to the north on 188) are both in pretty bad shape, and probably require a 4WD vehicle such as I used.

Resources: I referred to Dean Molen's summitpost page on this one. The routes in Tom Lopez's book are longer, and still probably require 4WD to access.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1333 ft / 406 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1333 ft / 406 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1293 ft / 394 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1233 ft / 375 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:End of Spur 083  8570 ft / 2612 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1273 ft / 388 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1233 ft / 375 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Route:NW Basin
    End Trailhead:End of Spur 083  8570 ft / 2612 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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