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cdogbackpacking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014


Great 48 hr backpack trip with my wife and dogs, making the loop counterclockwise from the west TH. Climbed the knob below Aspen as a bonus.
Posted Jul 30, 2014 3:15 am

calebEOCClover Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014


Very little remaining snow, foggy and windy on the way up. By the time I reached summit the fog was really starting to retreat, nice views across the way to McLoughlin. Did Carmine immediately following this one.
Posted Jun 19, 2014 12:15 am

locke456Wild Weather, Great Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013


Had planned to hike in to the basin between Aspen Butte and Mount Carmine to camp overnight and summit both of them in the morning. On my way in, though, bad weather kicked up (thunderstorms and rain), so I dropped my pack at the point where the train drops down into the basin and scrambled up Aspen Butte while keeping an eye on the storm.

It blew off to the side of the butte, so I descended down to the saddle between the butte and Carmine and bushwhacked my way up to its summit before returning to my gear and hiking out to the car by headlamp. A very long dayhike, but great fun. Aspen Butte was clearly the superior of the two view-wise, but there was a really neat (huge!) gendarme on Carmine that was worth the digression in and of itself.
Posted Oct 8, 2013 11:12 pm

Nick TurturaNice day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013

Nick Turtura

Fun trip up after sleeping at the trail head. Then headed over to Gearhart in the afternoon. Round trip 4hrs.
Posted Aug 4, 2013 4:48 pm

Troy BEarly Season   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2013

Troy B

Hiked up the Clover Creek Trail to the Mountain Lakes Loop trail then up the ridge to the summit. Beautiful Area!
Posted Jun 23, 2013 4:51 pm

KesslerAspen Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


Posted Sep 4, 2012 11:28 am

ScottAspen Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


Kessler and I climbed the peak from Clover Creek.

The day before we climbed Mt McLoughlin, but the sky was very smoky and the views weren’t that great. September 2 was much clearer so we decided to climb Aspen Butte. It was a nice little climb and the views were better than they were the day before. It was still too smoky to see Mt Shasta though. We still got a good view of Mt McLaughlin and north to the Mt Thielson area.

There were four other people climbing the mountain and two others seen on the trail, but it was a much less popular climb than Mt McLaughlin. There were no mosquitoes so early September must be a good time to climb.
Posted Sep 3, 2012 10:46 pm

cjwhatBeagle chases elk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2001


Pat and I did the vertical manzanita bushwhack in from the east to Pass Lake. Climbed Mt. Carmine on the 7th, slept ... kind of. A beagle chased a bunch of elk right over the top of us near midnight. Climbed Aspen Butte on the 8th and hiked out.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 6:34 pm

Don NelsenBeautiful area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1996

Don Nelsen

I climbed this as part of a long trail run up the Varney Creek Trail. I did a CW loop going north of Lake Harriet and once on top, I backtracked to the trail that goes west of the peak and then north, rejoining the Varney Cr. Tr. somewhere north of lake Como. I think this was about 20 miles and even late in the season, I remember there were plenty of mosquitoes!
Posted Jan 25, 2007 6:30 pm

hiway99wAspen Butte  Sucess!


Hiked to the summit of Aspen Butte while backpacking in Mountain Lakes Wilderness in October 1978. We hiked up from Harriet Lake. It seemed like I spent quite a while at the summit just sitting there and enjoying the views.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 3:16 pm

Bob BoltonSee Dean's entry below  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

Bob Bolton

Also read Dean's trip report.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 4:36 am

DeanGreat fall hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006


Bob Bolton and I hiked up to the top in questionable weather. It had snowed the night before and it looked like it might rain or snow on us as we approached the summit. However, the wind stopped and the weather improved for the time we were there and so we enjoyed reasonable weather on the summit. I left a register and a container near the summit highpoint. A benchmark placed in 1920 in great condition is very close to the summit.
Posted Oct 9, 2006 4:04 am

Dennis PoulinNice Hike to Aspen Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2002

Dennis Poulin

This was the last time I hiked to Aspen Butte. I would recommend it later in the summer when the mosquitoes have died.
Posted Sep 21, 2006 11:43 pm

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