Ascent of South Butte on 2011-09-19

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Butte
    Elevation:6994 ft / 2131 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drive: Follow FR 301 to its junction with FR 457. I came from Clarkia on Hwy 3; this is a distance of about 25 miles. A carefully driven passenger sedan might get through those miles, but don't say I recommended it - I drove my 4Runner (in 2WD mode) and appreciated the clearance. FR 301 can also be followed to the same spot from the north at Avery, but I know nothing about that segment.

From the junction follow FR 457 for 2.5 miles to a poorly signed junction where you want to go left on FR 363. This very rough (in spots) road reaches a small pullout on the right at about 1.5 miles from the junction, and there is an ATV trail heading uphill to the left just beyond.

Hike: Follow the ATV trail to about 6580' shortly before it dies out. At this point there is a cleared spot to the left and the track bends a bit right. If you look closely you may find a foot trail heading straight ahead. I left a couple of small cairns to point it out, but they may not last. If you can't find the trail here, you can do what I did - follow the ATV track until it dies, continue uphill (bear left a bit), and stumble across the trail. This is the route shown on the GPS track attached. The trail leads to (and past) a shallow saddle with a rocky prominence on the left. Go right to the ridge, and right again (south) to the rock platform that used to hold a lookout. You can find John Vitz's register in the rocks near a summit cairn; when I left there was John and Donna's entry from 2007 and mine from 2011.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:704 ft / 214 m
    Route:trail, mostly
    Trailhead:Road 363  6290 ft / 1917 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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