Pelican Butte Climber's Log

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Dundeel - Jun 14, 2020 11:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2020

Pelican was a Beaut  Sucess!

Truck stopped by snow at about 7200 but easy walking to the top. Great views in all directions. Fresh coating of ice and snow on the lookout was melting off and dropping chunks so I had to keep clear of the tower.


ericnoel - Aug 9, 2019 8:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2019

Pelican  Sucess!



SkiValdez - Oct 24, 2018 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2018

Aspen Butte & Pelican Butte  Sucess!

Drove up from the Cold Springs road in Subaru Outback. Wouldn't recommend the drive in anything less than an AWD vehicle with good tires. Very sharp rocks in the road. Views from the summit of Mt. McLoughlin, Fourmile Lake, and the Sky Lakes Wilderness. You can see the views here:

Jerry L

Jerry L - Oct 14, 2018 8:21 pm Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2018

Hiked It  Sucess!

Started to drive my Jeep up but decided that the 4 wheel drive road would make for a nice hike. The summit was cold with really high winds. Met ATVs on the road but no other hikers. Real nice views.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Sep 20, 2014 10:21 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2014

Drive up  Sucess!

Great views. Glad Mr. Wendt didn't get to build his stupid ski area here.


locke456 - Oct 8, 2013 11:07 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2013

Hiked the 4WD Road  Sucess!

We drove to the beginning of the 4WD road, and just hiked that road up to the summit. Considering we were hiking on a road, it was still a really beautiful and quiet hike. Near the top, it's actually quite open and the view of the basin on one side and McLouglin on the other side are some of the best I've seen within a short drive of Klamath Falls. Highly recommended as a dayhike, though I imagine you could also camp on the summit overnight.

Nick Turtura

Nick Turtura - Jul 6, 2013 11:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013

Great Views  Sucess!

The description was right on. The first 10 miles were on a great road. The last 4.5 are horrible. The views of McLoughlin were spectacular.


calebEOC - Sep 30, 2012 4:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

summit road  Sucess!

Drove most of the way up, then parked and walked the last mile. Hazy from wildfires. Did 6 southwest Oregon P2K's the previous day, a very long weekend of driving.

Paul McClellan

Paul McClellan - Jul 10, 2012 12:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2011

Road Hike  Sucess!

Hiked the Pelican Butte Road FSR 980 to the summit. It was a sunny and warm day, with good visibility. Met several ATVs on the descent.

Swithich - Jul 8, 2011 1:55 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2011

Mosquitos  Sucess!

Camped 0.25 miles in on summit road and then hiked 4.25 mile up to summit starting at 6am. Mosquitos at morning weren't bad. Summit was awesome (lookout was locked). Got picks and headed down to protect future children from RF exposure. On the way down mosquitos were intense.

Snow was pretty heavy (3 to 4 feet above 7300' or so), but it was compact so easy to walk on.


Troy B

Troy B - Jun 18, 2011 11:41 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2011

Route: Snowshoed Access Road  Sucess!

Snowshoed up the access road to the first switchback then climbed up the open slopes to the summit. Nice views of the neighboring peaks through the broken clouds.


ericwillhite - Aug 18, 2009 3:21 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

Loved the drive up  Sucess!

Driving up through a bit of old growth forest was a treat.


BSPclimber - Sep 12, 2008 11:17 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

On bike  Sucess!

Hike-a-biked up the service road. Was able to ride maybe .6 of a mile of the 4.6 mile road. Fairly hot day. Road is fairly loose gravel and dust. Up in 1:40, down in 18 minutes, 45 seconds.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Dec 31, 2006 4:40 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2004

Drive Up  Sucess!

This is a drive up in the summer with great views in all directions.


Dean - Oct 8, 2006 7:51 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

West side  Sucess!

Sp'er Bob Bolton and I had just finished Aspen Butte, a 12 mile effort north of Pelican Butte and so we drove up to the top of Pelican Butte to finish the day with a stellar view. A bitter cold north wind made our visit short but we located the USGS Benchmark and the highest point. Outstanding viewpoint. No climb involved but it might make a great snowshoe outing if you are truly dedicated.


cjwhat - Oct 18, 2002 9:14 am

Route Climbed: East slopes Date Climbed: December 31, 2000  Sucess!

Snowshoed up with my brother, Pat, from highway near Rocky Point. Snowmobile tracks on top.

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