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Ascent of Crown Rock on 2016-10-13

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crown Rock
    Location:USA-Nebraska
    Elevation:4610 ft / 1405 m

Ascent Trip Report

Crown Rock would be quite difficult class 4 and 5 if attacked from the north where it is imposing from the Visitor Center. It can be easily climbed as a class 2 to 2+ from the saddle between Bluff Ridge and Crown. Some obtain Bluff Ridge from Coyote Pass I have read, but I obtained the bluff from the east by finding a breach in the vertical wall around Crown Rock that heads east. The breach is just under the saddle. Nice views from this impressive feature.
The rock is made from clay, silt, siltstone, volcanic ash, and some traces of poorly consolidated limestone. It is easily erodible. There are no trails on the south side of Old Oregon Trail Road so hiking in these parts (if allowed) is a bushwhack. I did not ask whether it was allowed or not.
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Crown Peak a small subpeak near the national park monument HP as seen from the non-technical saddle approach (2016-10-13). Photo by William Musser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Total Elevation Loss:533 ft / 162 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Grade/Class:2,2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
45F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:SW wall class 2
    Start Trailhead:saddle between Crown and Bluff South  4580 ft / 1395 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:533 ft / 162 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 493 ft / 151 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:eastern wall of Crown to bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Visitor Center  4117 ft / 1254 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Scottsbluff

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1South Bluff2016-10-13 b643 ft / 196 m
2Crown Rock2016-10-13 c70 ft / 21 m
3Scotts Bluff2016-10-13 d129 ft / 39 m
Total Trip Gain: 842 ft / 256 m    Total Trip Loss: 722 ft / 219 m



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