Ascent of Box Elder Peak on 1998-08-15

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Date:Saturday, August 15, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Box Elder Peak
    Elevation:9372 ft / 2856 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trail is steep, though not very long. The Wellsville Range is supposedly the steepest horst feature in the lower 48, perhaps in North America (the north-south running ridge is 5000 feet above the valley floors to the west and east, spanning only about 3 miles from the western valley over the top to the eastern valley). The trail goes right up the face. Expect to slip and slide some on the gravel and dirt.

Once you reach the main ridge, the trail is easy to the Wellsville Cone and Box Elder Peak. Enjoy the flat walking...

It is wise to hike up the range in the evening for shade or early in the morning, as the trail is on the eastern face. Water is scarce to non-existent beyond the first few miles from the trailhead. Snow may be melted for water on the main ridge well into July on wet years.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4304 ft / 1311 m
    Extra Gain:416 ft / 126 m
    Route:Stewart Pass/Coldwater Creek
    Trailhead:5900 ft / 1798 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground

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