Ascent of Elkhorn Peak on 2017-08-05

Climber: jeff carr

Others in Party:Emanuela Schmidt
Date:Saturday, August 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Elkhorn Peak
    Elevation:8931 ft / 2722 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did this on as our second peak of the day. See my Rock Creek Butte post for the description of the Marble Point trailhead.
At the point where the Elkhorn Crest trail meets the Twin Lakes Trail, we proceeded up the northwest ridge. We stuck close to the ridge, but avoided most of the goat trails right on the ridge. They look like climbing trails, until you look at the scree and precipitous fall potential, and realize that there is better terrain just a few feet away on the west face. Route-finding is not hard and the climb up is easy enough for anyone who is physically able (there are no freaky spots or exposure). We descended by following the spine of Elkhorn Peak south all the way down, staying within a couple hundred feet of the crest most of the way down to rejoin the Marble Point trail at the base of the spine. Not a hard descent. 11 mile round trip from Marble Point to Rock Creek Butte summit, then to Elkhorn Summit and back to the truck.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1431 ft / 436 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1431 ft / 436 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1431 ft / 436 m
    Start Trailhead:Marble Point  7500 ft / 2286 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1431 ft / 436 m
    End Trailhead:7500 ft / 2286 m

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