Ascent of Scotts Bluff on 2016-06-29

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Scotts Bluff
    Elevation:4649 ft / 1417 m

Ascent Trip Report

After visiting Chimney Rock and finding the visitor center to be closed for the day, we lucked out and made it to Scotts Bluff NM, just half an hour before they would close the gate to the road up the bluff at 6pm. Entry was $5, but we had our park pass. The road to the top has three tunnels and is certainly an impressive road. At the top parking lot, we mistakenly went south to look for the summit. The path goes out to a vista and dead ends. On the way we saw a trail below on the east side that went through a tunnel itself, which looked like a fun thing to do if we had more time. We went up to the south summit, avoiding the cacti on top, then went back to the parking lot. We were really short on time now, but we went north anyway. The path forked and we went left. We found the summit benchmark near there and a great view of the city in the low angle of the sun. We took the other fork on the way back (They are about the same length). We drove out into the parking lot at the base with just enough time to use the restroom before they locked that too. We drove on through the cut in the bluff where many travelers west had aimed for and had gone through and then made our way to Mitchell where we camped for free in the town's fairgrounds.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:132 ft / 40 m
    Total Elevation Loss:132 ft / 39 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:132 ft / 40 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 32 ft / 10 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:South vista and south summit back to north vista
    Start Trailhead:Summit Parking Lot  4617 ft / 1407 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:32 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:Summit Parking Lot  4617 ft / 1407 m
    Time:4 Minutes

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