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Ascent of Crow Peak on 2015-06-20

Climber: Eric Higginbotham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:ATV
Peak:Crow Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9414 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used the first paragraph of Jim Perkins' trip report to get to the Mining town of Elkhorn, then used Adam Helman's trip report to get from Elkhorn to where I parked in Queen Gulch. Thanks to both of them for such detailed instructions. After the creek the road to the Elkhorn Skyline Mine narrows and 4WD is needed. I parked my truck at the creek and then cheated by unloading my 4 wheeler. I drove the 4 wheeler along the road to the Mine to the junction with the Leslie Lake trail and up to the Leslie Lake Trailhead. No small feat with a fifty pound dog riding in my lap on the 4 wheeler. I would have made the dog run behind the 4 wheeler but my wife spoils the dog and I didn't know if it could keep up with the wheeler. A quick hike along a well maintained trail and we reached Leslie Lake. A beautiful lake made even better with a Mountain Goat sleeping in the cliffs on the backside of the lake. At this point we proceeded to the end of the lake for a better look at the goat and to decide on a route to Crow Peak. Ignoring the trail leaving Leslie Lake and going to the Elkhorn Skyline Mine we climb out of the lake heading northwest until we reached the road to the Mine. We followed the road to the trailhead for Glenwood Lake. We took the Glenwood Lake trail to the top of the ridge. This trail almost disappears at times but it is blazed. I turned west following the ridge between Glenwood Lake and Leslie Lake up to the summit of Crow Peak. There was a register box filled with scraps of paper and other trash. Someone had left a beer in a plastic bottle near the register and while I was tempted I left it for someone else to drink. I had already hiked Elkhorn Peak two years ago and looking at the gathering clouds decided against hiking over to it. On the return trip I dropped straight off Crow Peak to the Elkhorn Skyline Mine, passing by an amorous couple camped at the mine. I attempted to go around them rather than walk right past their camp considering their activity. I cut through some red mining tailings starting a mini avalanche and interrupted them anyway. I followed the creek down to Leslie Lake, spotting the Mountain Goat again and an ermine darting through the rocks. I attempted to fish at the lake only to have repeated snarls and hang ups. I saw fish jumping but could never get a bite. I gave up and shared a snack of sardines and crackers with Dori the Dog then hiked back to the 4 wheeler. I made the dog follow the wheeler on the way out and took it slow, enjoying the day. I passed a nice couple heading to the lake to fish and saw several 4 wheelers just before reaching the truck. This is a nice hike, one that has different difficulty based on where you start walking. With a 4WD or 4 wheeler you can park at the Elkhorn Skyline Mine or at the Glenwood Lake Trailhead. If you like mountain lakes, parking at the Leslie Lake Trailhead, like I did, adds a little more distance to the hike but provides an opportunity to fish. If you have a 2WD vehicle or 4WD vehicle you like, you will need to park at the creek crossing in Queens Gulch. This adds several miles to the hike, check out Adam Helman's trip report. A fun hike that I rated an 7 on the scale of 1 to 10, adding a point for seeing the Mountain Goat and the ermine. I added another point for the amorous couple. Those are thing you don't see everyday and added to the enjoyment of the hike. I have attached my GPS track from the Leslie Lake Trailhead to the summit of Crow Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1884 ft / 574 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1884 ft / 574 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Clear in the morning with clouds building in the afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1884 ft / 574 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1464 ft / 446 m; Extra: 420 ft / 128m
    Loss on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Leslie Lake then to Glenwood Lake Trailhead then e
    Start Trailhead:Leslie Lake Trailhead  7950 ft / 2423 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1464 ft / 446 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Summit to Elkhorn Skyline Mine, drainage to Leslie
    End Trailhead:Leslie Lake Trailhead  7950 ft / 2423 m
    Time:3 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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