Kessler and I decided to climb Buck Point today. Buck Point is in the Elkhead Mountains and is one of the highest peaks in that range that I hadn’t already climbed yet.
After driving to Willow Creek we hiked the trail up to the Welba-Oliphant Saddle. We then made our way cross country (which turned out to be a tedious route across boulders and fallen trees. Once we reached the Welba-Buck Point Saddle, the route got steeper, but generally easier. We climbed to the summit and found that the last person to sign the register was six years previous.
At the summit it began to snow, which quickly changed to painful hail so we didn’t spend much time on the summit. We quickly left the summit and found that before we reached the Welba-Buck Point Saddle it began to thunder so we were glad that we didn’t reach the summit later.
We made our way back to the trail at the Welba-Oliphant Saddle and then followed the trail back down to Willow Creek. It was a nice climb and the weather wasn’t bad for very long.