Ascent of Mount Elliott on 2017-10-25

Climber: Ryan Davis

Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Bicycle
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Elliott
    Elevation:7142 ft / 2176 m

Ascent Trip Report

I read Dustin Erickson's trip report, which was quite accurate. I drove my full-size truck to here: 39.235991, -110.254933, but stopped due to the road being a bit narrow and tippy. Maybe I'm just chicken - he said he drove his Tacoma past it! This part would be no problem in an ATV.

The river crossing was not as muddy as some have reported, and there were small boulders under the water. The water was just above my knees. I think this river crossing would be possible with a UTV or capable Jeep, but it might be slightly challenging. No great winch points if I remember right. After that, the road is bumpy but really not all that bad - obviously not for a sedan, but ATVs, UTVs and Jeeps wouldn't have problems. It reminds me of easy to moderate difficulty roads in Moab. Intermittently rocky with some mild obstacles.

I pushed my mountain bike up to the peak the majority of the trip - it was tiring. As Dustin said, I was able to ride my bike much of the way down, but still had to push through some sandy and / or especially rocky spots. Loved riding downhill, but it was quite a bumpy ride.

Overall, I wish I had just driven my RZR - the river might be difficult, but I could have driven the whole thing in an hour.

It took me a total of 4.5 hours (including breaks) to get up to the peak, and 2 hours down (riding on the mountain bike). Good thing it was not hot - 60 degrees was perfect for this trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3042 ft / 926 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Trailhead:39.240429, -110.234735  4500 ft / 1371 m
    Gear Used:

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