Welcome to SP!  -
Southwest Ridge
Route
Contribute 
 
Parents 
Routes
 

Southwest Ridge

 
Southwest Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: North America

Object Title: Southwest Ridge

Route Type: Hiking, Bouldering, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: Less than two hours

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: Mild

Route Quality: 
 - 0 Votes
 

 

Page By: calebEOC

Created/Edited: Jun 12, 2006 / Apr 22, 2010

Object ID: 199846

Hits: 2135 

Page Score: 74.01%  - 4 Votes 

Vote: Log in to vote

 

Southwest Ridge Approach

This 1-2 hour hike offers nice views and a challenge you wont find in merely driving to the top of Vinegar Hill. Also, depending on road conditions, you may not be able to drive to the summit, in that case this route is direct and not overly difficult.

10 miles up Forest Service Road 2010 just before Black Butte Camp is a cattle guard and sign notifying that you are entering the Vinegar Hill - Indian Rock scenic area. Parking at Black Butte Camp, backtrack the short distance to the cattle guard and climb the ridgeline following the remains of a barbwire fence to peak 7738, a subpeak of Vinegar Hill.
Southwest Ridge Approach
 

From this peak you will see your next obstacle across a saddle, a short rock cliff with a chute up the middle of it that can offer a break from the monotony of hiking with a little class 3 rock climbing. This rock face can be circumnavigated easily to the left if your not interested in the direct route.
The southwest ridge
 

Once you have made the top of this rock face, follow the ridge spine less than a mile to the remains of the lookout. There are several false summits along this route, you will know the true summit as it has a rock foundation on it.
This is the summit
 

To return head west off of the summit to the road below, follow it a short ways into a clearing which you can cut down and meet back up with the road below saving yourself a huge switchback. Follow this road south back to Black Butte Camp. Roundtrip this route has roughly 1300 feet of elevation gain and runs about 3.2 miles.

 
ROUTE
 

Essential Gear

Images

Southwest Ridge ApproachThe southwest ridgeThis is the summitROUTE