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boisedocfrom the gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2014

boisedoc

I was looking for something to do in half a day from Boise. I drove to the gate and hiked up from there. The hike took about 45 minutes total. The road is not bad other than a lot of washboarding. Great views including Wallowas, Blues, Seven Devils, Cuddy mountains and even Schafer Butte near Boise.
Posted Oct 19, 2014 1:41 pm

jyanceyFire lookout tower  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2014

jyancey

Glissading... Check.

climbed with idahomtmhigh->
Posted May 8, 2014 10:45 pm

idahomtnhighGreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2014

idahomtnhigh

Have been driving past this mountain for years, and thinking I need to make a trip up. Had a bunch of extra time after a business trip to Twin Falls, so I told my coworker that we were going for it. Was able to drive to the gate through some remaining snow on the road and cut out a few down trees on the road. Climbed straight up the eastern ridge since most of the road was covered in snow. Great views on a very clear day, and an even more fun glissade back down to the truck.
Posted May 4, 2014 8:54 pm

Nick TurturaNice Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2013

Nick Turtura

The road in was quite rough with a lot of washboard. Ran into a lot of hunters. The gate was open so I went ahead and drove right up to the top. Nice summit.
Posted Sep 29, 2013 9:34 pm

SwithichNice Road Followed by Easy Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012
Drove to about a quartermile short of the gate and parked. The hike up was relatively short with four or five switchbacks to the summit. The lookout tower on top was nice, but I didn't see a benchmark (there was a silver marker though with "control 3" on it). Nice hike and a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

-Swithich
Posted May 29, 2012 12:40 am

calebEOCCloudy Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2009

calebEOC

Drove out here from John Day where I picked my dad up to go with me. It was both our 1st times in this area, very beautiful, lots of relief change here as the mountain drops right down into the snake river canyon. Did Snow Mountain in the Ochocos the previous day, and with Big Lookout makes 18 of the 20 eastern oregon P2K's done.
Posted Jun 7, 2009 9:34 pm

BSPclimberOn bike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2008

BSPclimber

Hike-a-biked up the road from the gate. Hazy at the top, but would be a great view when clear. 30 minutes up, 5 and a half back to the car.
Posted Sep 30, 2008 12:53 pm

splattskiLong snowshoe from the south  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2007

splattski

Idahosummits and I drove about as far as we dared in the deepening snow, then snowshoed out in heavy fog. And near the summit, high wind. The rime on everything made it a pretty day, but we didn't get any views- we could barely see the outhouse.
Dan remembered the Summitpost page saying 0.4 miles from the gate to the summit. Upon closer inspection, it says 0.4 miles *horizontal*. That may be true, but it's over 1.5 miles on the road- and after 6 miles on snowshoes, that extra mile seemed to take forever.
Posted Dec 17, 2007 12:02 pm

Bob BoltonEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2004

Bob Bolton

See Dean's comments. The views were indeed terrific as we identified several major peaks in the Wallowas including Eagle Cap and Red Mountain.
Posted Oct 3, 2006 12:24 am

DeanRoute Climbed: Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2004  Sucess!

Dean

Bob Bolton, Dennis Poulin and I were chasing Oregon prominence peaks, and this one ranks #16, so we went after it. The road was gated so we walked up cross country (avoiding the road where possible) as much as we could in 100 degree heat. Some great views from the top of this rather well equipped lookout. About a mile hike up and about 900 feet of elevation gain from where we parked.
Posted Dec 16, 2005 7:43 pm

mrhRoute Climbed: northeast ridge Date Climbed: June 8, 2004  Sucess!

mrh

Drove from the south and parked at the gate to the summit access. Walked it to where it first switched back on the northeast flank of the cone, then followed the northeast ridge to the summit. Descended down the southeast ridge to the parking spot. This mountain is isolated and the highest thing around so the views are extensive in all directions.
Posted Dec 16, 2005 7:38 pm

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