Ascent of Peterson Butte on 2016-01-18

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Rhonda Bolton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peterson Butte
    Elevation:1431 ft / 436 m

Ascent Trip Report

I Googled this peak and found a trip report that provided a good starting place to research this one. Here's that link:

I then contacted the page owner via e-mail to get more information, and was assured by him that it is legal to hike the peak from 11/1 through 5/31 yearly. Here's the pertinent paragraph from our dialog:

The rules are simple but not widely known. The land is private and SITE IS OPEN FROM 11/1 THROUGH 5/31. Other times closed for fire hazard. Hang gliding/paragliding/remote control glider pilots have specific permission to fly there off fire season. There are not any No Trespassing signs on the access road and there is one gate. A gravel parking area is a few feet west of the gate. We used that and parked the car because I was not sure my car had clearance to pass over a section of road half way up to the glider launch. There was ice at that point on Jan 1, so we made the right decision. Normally pilots drive their rigs to the 720 foot level. We walked in from 320’. Any person hiking here should read the site guide written for flying access and be careful to drive 5 or 10 mph along the private road, re-chain the gate in closed position and leave only tracks.

I was dubious about a paragraph on that page, but when I asked about it, he replied "The owner saw us as we parked the car and opened the gate for his truck and he said 'You guys have a great hike.'"

So I confidently drove up the road and right past the house(s), through the gates, and up toward the radio tower, parking in the saddle. We hiked from there. We did not encounter anyone on the drive in or out.

There were many sheep in the area, and obviously many if not most of the ewes were pregnant. We saw a few new lambs, but the best part was watching as a newborn lamb stood up for what seemed like its first time and went looking for milk. I got video of the unsteady steps, but missed that initial struggle to its feet. When I get the video ready I'll upload it to Youtube and put in a link here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:736 ft / 224 m
    Total Elevation Loss:736 ft / 224 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:736 ft / 224 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:West face/ridge
    Start Trailhead:44.50910N 122.97830W  695 ft / 211 m
    Time:33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:736 ft / 224 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:West face/ridge
    End Trailhead:44.50910N 122.97830W  695 ft / 211 m
    Time:36 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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