Ascent of Stripe Mountain on 2013-07-13

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stripe Mountain
    Elevation:9001 ft / 2743 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at Salmon Base Camp, a former campground that has burned and is no longer signed or active. There is still an outhouse, and parking for the trailhead. It's about halfway along the Magruder Corridor between Elk City ID and Darby MT. I drove in from the west and exited to the east. If you're looking for the better road, come from Montana. Use your map and navigation skills to identify the trailhead.

I backpacked in on the Shoup-Elk City Trail, #019. See the attached GPS track for my route. As far as I can tell, a good deal of the area burned in 2000 (according to reports) and more burned in 2012 (based on my observations). The trail tread is good and can be followed, and there are some signs (including one at the trailhead) but others have been burned. You'll have to go over and/or around some downed timber, including some that will leave charcoal on your clothes. I camped at Swet Lake Pond. This was a nice spot, and did not show signs of recent burns. The mosquitoes were atrocious, however. In the morning, I continued on trail to the saddle just below Waugh Mountain.

Off Trail:
I followed the ridge, or south of the ridge as seemed appropriate, all the way to the peak. This was somewhat rougher than I expected, and I took a more southerly route on my return (see GPS track). Both required some side hill travel, but nothing over class 2.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7381 ft / 2249 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7381 ft / 2248 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4181 ft / 1274 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1281 ft / 390 m; Extra: 2900 ft / 883m
    Loss on way in:2900 ft / 883 m
    Route:Shoup-Elk City Trail #019
    Start Trailhead:Base Camp campground  7720 ft / 2353 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4481 ft / 1365 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1281 ft / 390 m; Extra: 3200 ft / 975m
    Gain on way out:3200 ft / 975 m
    Route:Shoup-Elk City Trail #019
    End Trailhead:Base Camp campground  7720 ft / 2353 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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