Ascent of Schell Creek Peak 3460 on 2017-07-30

Climber: Eric Morrill

Date:Sunday, July 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Schell Creek Peak 3460
    Elevation:11352 ft / 3460 m

Ascent Trip Report

From North Fork Berry Creek wilderness boundary, I hiked in with Robert Morrill and Lucia Pacca, each of us carrying an overnight pack. We slept up above the northernmost tributary of North Fork, a couple miles' hike into the range from where we left our car. The campsite we selected was a strange sort of set of shelves, many of which had a sink in the middle, suggesting perhaps a limestone soil composition or some other cause of an unusual lack of sediment buildup in what amounted to a series of small, dry depressions in the earth, making for ample sleeping options.

The next day, while Robert Morrill hiked up to the saddle to the north, from which he climbed a few peaks I went up last year, Lucia Pacca and I climbed up to the ridge south of Taft, then hiked southward over 3587, South Schell, and Triple Bump, after which Lucia Pacca took a break on the ridge while I ascended 3460. Since we had decided to hike a loop out, meeting Robert Morrill at North Fork at the end of our respective hikes rather than returning to camp, we carried our backpacking packs up to the top, dropping much of our gear just south of South Schell. For the hike out, we descended the ridge westward from South Schell and then dropped down a steep chute to the north into the valley, staying high for some time on good animal trails that ran north and west, and eventually connecting with the stream, which we followed back to its junction with North Fork proper. At that point, quite by coincidence, we met up with Robert Morrill (impeccable timing!), and hiked back to the car together.

During the day, we saw (and tried unsuccessfully to sneak up on) a herd of 12 deer on the saddle between South Schell and Triple Bump. Lots of evidence of animal activity, plenty of water. Also, if you lost a camo tarp when it blew off a saddle and down a steep chute – I've got it.

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