Ascent of Crown Rock on 2016-10-13
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, October 13, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4610 ft / 1405 m|
Ascent Trip ReportCrown 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.
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|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Clear|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 842 ft / 256 m Total Trip Loss: 722 ft / 219 m
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