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Ascent of Cinnabar Mountain on 2017-08-17

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Gary Novotny
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cinnabar Mountain
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:8403 ft / 2561 m

Ascent Trip Report

With most of the rest of team scheduled to arrive on this day, we checked out of the motel early, grabbed breakfast in downtown Boise, then hit the road to the Owyhee Mountains in the southwest corner of the state. When the GPS directed us along the same zigzagging route as to Pickles Butte, it finally dawned on me that in order to save some driving, Pickles and Hayden should be done on the same outing. Oh well, too late for that. We followed Highway 45 south and crossed the Snake River at Walter’s Ferry, where we also switched to Highway 78 south. Past the county seat of Murphy, we turned on Silver City Road, which goes southwest. The road is paved for the first five miles, then pavement ends rather abruptly past a turnoff to what looks to be a quarry operation. The road descends into a canyon, followed by a long climb with switchbacks to a high point referred to as New York Summit. A regular car can make it up to this point by going slowly, as the dirt is well-graded. Other obstacles include free-roaming cattle, which watch from the side of the road and are not shy about crossing at their leisure.

From New York Summit, the road descends again, reaching a three-way intersection. The right fork proceeds to the ghost town of Silver City. The left fork climbs to War Eagle Mountain and its mining legacy. The destinations are not signed, so navigation is important. We took the left fork, and immediately were glad to be in the Outback. From this point on, 4WD is mandatory. The road climbs the northern flanks of War Eagle, gaining elevation steadily and steeply in parts. After cresting just below the summit, we crossed a relatively flat section and continued eastward on the signed Forest Road 483. This is a single-track road that is steep, slippery and very exposed in parts, so driving it is pretty harrowing. Encountering opposing traffic could be quite nerve-racking. Luckily, there was no one coming from the opposite direction, though we did pass a camp site with a tent below Turntable Mountain and later saw two guys on ATVs heading towards it when we were on Hayden.

My friend did an excellent job guiding the Outback to the last saddle between Turntable and Hayden, where we parked and hopped out. We could have stayed on the road, which continues along the southern flanks of Hayden, but instead proceeded to hike straight up the NW ridge to the broad summit, where communications equipment is surrounded by chain-link fence. There is a USGS benchmark labeled ‘Silver’; I could not find a register though I walked the entire perimeter of the fence. As the highest point round, Hayden dominates and consequently views are far-ranging (though the haze still obscured the horizons). The craggy north side drops abruptly towards Burnham Flat. The reddish rock is cinnabar, giving the name to the entire massif. We descended quickly to the car, then made the long drive out to Silver City Road, Highway 78 and finally Boise, where I got dropped off at my rental car. I then picked up two more people at the airport and hit the road to Arco, where we arrived shortly before midnight.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:760 ft / 231 m
    Total Elevation Loss:760 ft / 231 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:760 ft / 231 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 753 ft / 230 m; Extra: 7 ft / 2m
    Loss on way in:7 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:NW Ridge XC
    Start Trailhead:Forest Road 483  7650 ft / 2331 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:753 ft / 229 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:NW Ridge XC
    End Trailhead:Forest Road 483  7650 ft / 2331 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Idaho CoHP 08-17

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Boise Ridge-South Summit2017-08-16 a600 ft / 183 m
2Pickles Butte2017-08-16 b100 ft / 30 m
3Cinnabar Mountain2017-08-17760 ft / 232 m
4Hyndman Peak2017-08-184970 ft / 1515 m
5Borah Peak2017-08-195340 ft / 1628 m
6Inferno Cone2017-08-20160 ft / 49 m
7Tree Molds2017-08-20150 ft / 46 m
8Indian Tunnel2017-08-2010 ft / 3 m
Total Trip Gain: 12090 ft / 3686 m    Total Trip Loss: 11696 ft / 3566 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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