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Ascent of Elephant Butte on 2017-09-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Tim Hall
Date:Saturday, September 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Elephant Butte
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8405 ft / 2561 m

Ascent Trip Report

Looking across from the North Sister I continue to wonder about the nice peak across the creek called elephant butte. It looked like a fun backcountry scramble bushwhack. So Tim and I set a bearing and headed across the park for it. It is an easy bushwhack and you cross a dirt road twice before you come to the creek. The creek is easy to cross. On the way up and ran into several use trails and eventually stumbled on to a well maintained trail as part of the Denver Parks but it does not show up on google nor any of the park maps. not know what it does, and finding a wonderful class 3 wall, Tim and I elected to do about a 350 foot scramble up to the top. The route we found was classic 3 with little exposure and great hand holds. The views were good at the top. Another man stumbled up at the top and explained that the trails we found would in fact take us to the other parking lot in 3-sisters park (the one you can see from the summit not the one we were parked at) There is a really nice sign in package nestled in a dead tree just down from the summit near where the trail heads off. We took the trail back down most of the way but then bushwhacked our way back to the 3-sister park. I would do this scramble route again. It was a fun line.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1050 ft / 319 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1050 ft / 319 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 thru 3 and we did
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:55F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1040 ft / 316 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1005 ft / 306 m; Extra: 35 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:nbushwhack till trail then scramble
    Start Trailhead:buffalo creek   7400 ft / 2255 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1015 ft / 309 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1005 ft / 306 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:found Denver Trail to bushwhck
    End Trailhead:buffalo creek  7400 ft / 2255 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-13

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Three Sisters-North Peak2017-09-09 a405 ft / 123 m
2Elephant Butte2017-09-09 b1050 ft / 320 m
3Three Sisters-Middle Peak2017-09-09 c495 ft / 151 m
4Three Sisters-South Peak2017-09-09 d70 ft / 21 m
Total Trip Gain: 2020 ft / 615 m    Total Trip Loss: 1340 ft / 408 m



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