Elephant Head Mountain Climber's Log

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awhite28 - Jul 18, 2014 11:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2014

Suce Creek

I tried this for a second time from Suce Creek after being turned around by weather the first time. I made it to 100 feet below the summit before realizing I would have to drop about 500 feet and ascend another 600 to make it, plus ascend another 500 feet back to where I was. As it ended up being a 13 mile, 4800 foot day I decided not to add an additional 1000+ feet and called it good. It would have been nice to know that the drop near the summit was required - I would have just come in from Mission Creek. So I wouldn't really recommend this route unless you're looking for a pretty big day. A possibly class 4 route looks like it goes from the NW corner but I was solo and didn't want to risk it. Also, I'm not sure why the author made those comments about bears not being here... they move... into Suce Creek... I scared the biggest black bear I've ever seen (with the biggest scat) about 2 miles from Elephanthead...

montbadlands - Sep 5, 2012 7:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2010

Elephanthead climb

A fun hike with spectacular scenery. Part of the fun is just finding the trailhead - there was no sign pointing the way along the Bruffey Road so we wandered around the area for a bit before realizing that we needed the road into the 63 Ranch. Just follow the narrow road past the ranch buildings for a mile or so to the trailhead in the deep, dark woods. We hiked the trail up the Mission Creek drainage to about the 8500' elevation, then headed west and scrambled up onto a steep limestone bed. Followed that all the way to the summit.


ianc82 - Jul 29, 2012 1:57 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2012

Classic spring skiing!  Sucess!

Skied this peak with my dog and friend JamesB. I can't remember the exact date but it was around mid May. Saw two other parties of people skiing. Snow got a little warm towards the end of the day but was otherwise awesome.

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