Ascent of Fields Peak on 2016-08-13

Climber: Steve Fountain

Date:Saturday, August 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fields Peak
    Elevation:7362 ft / 2243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Aldrich Mountains HP! As others have noted, not a super interesting summit area, but there is a real mix of vegetation along the way and I did see a couple of critters on the way up. Good views from the top - Cascades barely visible & eastward into the Rail Fire haze near Monument Rock. This is one of those peaks that really stands out from the John Day valley & I almost did this one more than 20 years ago. Hiked up from the "lower trailhead" (old 1650-212 jct) so had an extra quarter mile on each end and two more gates to open & close - I see now that it would have helped to read the trip reports to get spot-on driving directions to the fairly obvious trailhead. A hot day for a quick but relentless road/ATV trail hike. (It levels out twice for a few yards, which makes for at least a few strides of relief.) Tempted to continue over to Moore & McClellan, but not up to doing more on a 90+ degree afternoon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2002 ft / 610 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:5360 ft / 1633 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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