Ascent to Squaw Butte-Fire Lookout on 2015-11-18
|Date:||Wednesday, November 18, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Point Reached:||Squaw Butte - Fire Lookout|
| Elevation:||5896 ft / 1797 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI decided to get this hike done while the weather was still nice. It turned out to be a beautiful day for a hike - amazing weather for mid-November! I drove from Boise out past the Black Canyon Dam and turned onto Spring Creek Rd. I parked after 4.6 miles and made my way past the "gate" to the faint jeep trail. I followed this trail along Long Hollow Creek until it was no longer visible and hiked cross-country to the rocky rib where it gets VERY steep.
I scrambled up the rocky rib sticking to mostly class 3 terrain. There are lines that are class 4 and 5 along this route, but I decided to avoid them as the rock is VERY unstable. It seems like EVERYTHING on this rib moves if pressure is applied. It is a fun scramble, but very unstable. I followed the rocky rib to the top stopping periodically to take in the amazing views. The views along the route are probably better than at the summit, I always feel higher when clinging to the rocks. :)
Not wanting to downclimb the unstable rocks, I decided to traverse the South Ridge and follow a gentler ridge down. I accidentally kicked a small boulder loose and it rolled all the way to the creek, so it is still quite steep, but definitely an easier path down. This was a good choice until I got close to the creek and had to bushwhack through the (thorny) brush and cross the (tiny) creek. After that it was a simple hike back to the road.
Edit: I later read that the lookout (even though it looks higher) is not the true highpoint. Check my 2019 ascent for details.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1908 ft / 581 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1908 ft / 581 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, Clear|
40 degrees, windy
| Gain on way in:||1908 ft / 581 m|
| Route:||Southeast Rib|
| Start Trailhead:||Spring Creek Rd 3988 ft / 1215 m|
| Loss on way out:||1908 ft / 581 m|
| Route:||South Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Spring Creek Rd 3988 ft / 1215 m|
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