Ascent of Ash Creek Butte on 2009-08-26

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Michael Brush
Date:Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ash Creek Butte
    Elevation:8378 ft / 2553 m

Ascent Trip Report

Michael Brush and I followed essentially the same "standard" route described by Dennis Poulin in his 7-30-05 report. From CA 97 in Weed drive north to Deer Mountain Rd; right 17.9 miles to FSR 42N70, the signed spur road on the left for the Ash Creek Butte TH. (Deer Creek Rd, aka NFR 19, is a wide, well graded gravel/dirt road which continues to CA 89.) The TH is about 2.5 miles from the Deer Creek Rd junction. After less than a mile on 42N70, an unsigned fork heads uphill to the north through a logged out area. After three switchbacks the road reaches a level stretch that serves as an informal, unsigned "trailhead." From here climb steeply XC through logged out forest to the ridge, from which the route to the summit and the summit itself soon become visible. Stay mostly on the ridge, side-hilling occasionally to avoid brush and low-growing trees. 3-4 miles RT with about 1,600' gain. Superb views of Mt. Shasta.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Route:West Ridge
Descent Statistics

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