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Ascent of Mount Edith on 2014-06-29

Climber: Eric Higginbotham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Edith
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9480 ft / 2889 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Edward Earl's county highpoint report for my driving directions to the trailhead. The directions were great and I drove straight to the trailhead. Just a couple of notes. In the report he mentions "At 11.3 miles, upon re-entering the forest just after crossing a meadow, I encountered a rock large enough that I decided to park here". Someone has fallen trees across the road for about the first 200 yards into the trees. I assume this was the forest service since I saw other side roads blocked in the same manner. Until some wood getter cleans up these fallen trees this is the new trailhead. You might be able to wind your way through the trees and rejoin the road but it would be faster to walk. This adds about 1.5 miles to the round trip to Mount Edith. I encountered snow on the long traverse around the mountain into the saddle above Edith Lake. I was able to walk on top of the snow without sinking. As I neared the saddle, the snow became worse and I turned uphill away from the trail to the bare ridge that leads up to Mount Edith. It was windy on the summit so I spent only about 10 minutes on top, time enough to take a few pictures and get a jacket on. On the return trip I curved down the mountain to get out of the wind. I stopped to split a can of sardines with Dori the Dog and take a few more pictures. Next, I slid down the snow, which added some excitement to the day, and rejoined the trail just before it reached the first switchback. I also cut the straight down the mountain on the edge of the switchbacks rejoining the trail at the first/last switchback. I didn't see any big game animals while hiking but did see elk tracks in the trail and bear sign while cutting between the switchbacks. I attached the GPS track in case anyone is interested. A fun, easy climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2527 ft / 769 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2527 ft / 769 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Partly Sunny, Strong Cold Wind
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2292 ft / 698 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2057 ft / 627 m; Extra: 235 ft / 71m
    Loss on way in:235 ft / 71 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.7 km
    Route:Road, Trail, Open Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Longitude: -111.176158 Latitude: 46.403879  7423 ft / 2262 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2292 ft / 698 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2057 ft / 627 m; Extra: 235 ft / 71m
    Gain on way out:235 ft / 71 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Straight Down
    End Trailhead:Longitude: -111.176158 Latitude: 46.403879  7423 ft / 2262 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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