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Ascent to Beartooth Mountain-Black Canyon Lake drainage on 2015-07-22

Climber: Marshall Stewart

Others in Party:Dennis Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Beartooth Mountain - Black Canyon Lake drainage
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:8560 ft / 2609 m
    Remaining Elevation:3791 ft / 1155 m (74% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This was number 5 of our Silver Run, Lockhart, Whitetail, Beartooth expedition. We were successful with everything but Beartooth. Once we hiked back down to the turn for the Black Canyon Lake drainage, the trail quickly becomes unmaintained and then putters out to a bushwhack in dense forests underbrush. After 4 days up at September Morn Lake we weren't energized enough to bushwhack with our heavy packs on all the way to Black Canyon Lake. I am interested in communicating with anyone else who is successful or attempted Beartooth Mountain on their route and the trail conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1360 ft / 414 m
    Grade/Class:class 1 & 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1360 ft / 414 m
    Route:West Fork Rock Creek Trail
    Start Trailhead:West Fork Rock Creek TH  7200 ft / 2194 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Silver Run, Lockhart, Whitetail (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Silver Run Peak-East Peak2015-07-205300 ft / 1615 m
2Silver Run Peak2015-07-205342 ft / 1628 m
3Mount Lockhart2015-07-214447 ft / 1355 m
4Whitetail Peak2015-07-215351 ft / 1631 m
5(Attempt) Beartooth Mountain2015-07-221360 ft / 415 m
Total Trip Gain: 21800 ft / 6644 m    Total Trip Loss: 19360 ft / 5901 m



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