Ascent of Meadow Butte on 2016-10-30

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Meadow Butte
    Elevation:3621 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy road walk. Approach is from the South from Trout Lake Glenwood Road (Highway?). Coming from the West, I turned left/north on a dirt road at 45.966 and -121.410. Lesser road but ok for cars I think. The next road further E is better as I drove out that way; either works fine. I thought that there might be seasonal gates or signs but no gates or signs at all on road approach. Some prior online research indicated this might belong to a John Hancock REIT but who knows? Anyway, drive my road maybe 2/3rds of a mile to a more traveled road. Cross this going straight-ish and continue N and start to drive along the E slope of Quigley Butte. The road is bermed at the N end of section 26 before you hit section 23. You're parking about 3.3 miles from the peak. One sign here for WDFW indicating no motorized vehicles but hunting OK. Only access sign I saw on the day. No issues with road but it is a bit muddy and could be messy in spring.

Just walk the road going N for a while. Road is abandoned but still totally clear of brush. Stick with your flat road and ignore mapped and unmapped spurs. I crossed over the main E-W road at 2792' after a mile of hiking. Some signs of vehicle traffic. There may be alternate approaches as I didn't really explore since I had gotten to the same starting point used in other TRs. Continuing on the road, I took the second mapped left. Well, it is on some maps but not all, eg it doesn't show on the peakbagger app. Gain some gradual elevation and ignore a few unmapped spurs. At about 3400', there is a little fork with the better road going left and the road you want is a faint track going right. Less visible but easy walking. By now I had grown concerned as the cloud cover I was in left visibility of less than 100 feet. Wasn't sure I'd be able to find the LO. Anyway, continued on the faint track, briefly going over a ridge crest and then dropping 25'. Then on for a bit more until hitting a more well traveled road from the N. Right on this road which curls E up to the summit. No problem finding the LO after all. Still intact though parts of the ladder lie on the ground. Weird boxy shape. Also a tower shack. Got a few pics but not great with the clouds. LO bagged. I didn't bother to hit the N 3600+ contour since I was here for the LO and then also this isn't even a P400 with. If you are looking for a named summit, I think the name is pretty clearly afixed to the LO summit. Anyway, headed on out. Reversed the route, with improved visibility on the exit. For sure you can see the LO from a distance the last few hundred vertical feet. Saw no one else on the day but heard gunshots. No views today. Pretty strong drizzle dampened the walk back.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:971 ft / 295 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Red Road Route
    Trailhead:E of Quigley Butte  2700 ft / 822 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Noel
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