Ascent of Robbers Roost Peak on 2018-03-19

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Robbers Roost Peak
    Elevation:4560 ft / 1389 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Robbers Roost Peak is the second highest named high point in Oklahoma. My wife, Geri, and I used an unposted access road from the south that continued to a locked chain blocking our path just after a stream crossing. The stream had a good hard rock bottom and our Ford Focus made the crossing with no problem. The chain was not posted, so we parked and started our hike here .42 air miles from the summit. The chained road actually leads to a cabin, but no one was home. Before the house is an ATV trail that heads toward Robbers Roost Peak, but it quick turns west around the south side of the peak. At this point we began an easy bushwhack to the southeast slope of Robbers Roost Peak and climbed the steep grade to a slight rock cut just before the summit plateau. This route did involve a short stretch of Class 3 climbing, but other areas around the summit rim could involve some short Class 4 or even Class 5 work. We reached the summit in 25 minutes after covering .55 miles. There were nice views from the summit, but we did have to endure a steady 30 mi./hr. cold wind from the north. The wind was so strong that my camera tripod would not stand up alone without being blown over, so we sought protection behind a thick bit of vegetation in order to allow us to capture our victory photo. Our descent took us exactly the same length of time as our ascent (25 minutes), probably because of the care needed on the steep sections so we didn't take a bad tumble going down.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble

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