Ascent of Elkhorn Peak on 2017-09-04

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elkhorn Peak
    Elevation:8931 ft / 2722 m

Ascent Trip Report

I ascended this more-or-less directly from the Twin Lakes saddle, cutting slightly around to the east before starting off the ECT. I scrambled over a minor false-summit on the way up. By the easiest possible route this is probably a class 2 ascent.

I descended to our camp at Twin Lakes, packed up all my overnight+ gear, then descended to the TH. The trail has been rerouted to an old road near the bottom (washouts?).

When we arrived at the TH, Lance & Nathan had discovered that one of the tires had acquired a nail and wasn't suitable for driving all the way out with all of us. After requesting/receiving some rides for two of the crew (Nathan and Alyssa - retrieve shuttle car), three of us walked a short stretch to the car, loaded all the packs in. I started down the rough road agonizingly slowly, with Amy and Lance walking down behind. At some point they hitched a ride and we all eventually made it back out to Hwy-7.

Les Schwab in Baker City had fantastic service repairing our damaged tire.

I-84 closed while we were on our way home, rerouting us through Govt. Camp (down tree at Rhododendron). It was quite the experience getting home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:981 ft / 298 m
    Total Elevation Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:731 ft / 222 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:from ESE
    Start Trailhead:Twin Lakes saddle  8200 ft / 2499 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Twin Lakes Tr
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-09 Elkhorns (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Ireland2017-09-012360 ft / 719 m
2Ireland-Baldy Peak2017-09-02 a422 ft / 129 m
3Crown Point2017-09-02 b616 ft / 188 m
4Columbia Hill2017-09-02 c1597 ft / 487 m
6Bucket-Rock Peak2017-09-03 a2534 ft / 772 m
7Twin Lakes2017-09-03 b50 ft / 15 m
8Rock Creek Butte2017-09-04 a1856 ft / 566 m
9Elkhorn Peak2017-09-04 b981 ft / 299 m
Total Trip Gain: 10416 ft / 3175 m    Total Trip Loss: 13920 ft / 4242 m

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