Snowshoe of Brundage Mountain

Date of trip: 05/29/2017

Mileage: 3.7 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1436 Feet

Time: 2:04 Hours

Class: 2

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Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Brundage Mountain78031463Grass MountainsMcCall, IdahoNoNo45.0213, -116.1282

Trip Report

I was in New Meadows visiting my daughter for Memorial Day weekend. I decided Monday morning that nobody would miss me if I snuck out early and tagged the top of the peak.

So I got up at 5:30am and was heading up the peak shortly after 6am. I initially carried snowshoes up the road, but put them on where I transitioned from the road to the west ridge. Honestly, the snow was so supportive, I didn't really need them. However, the traction they provided was nice.

It took me just over an hour to reach the summit. The sun had just came up and the lighting was very nice. I checked out the McCall area. New Meadows was also visible. Mountain ranges were all around me, including the Seven Devil range, Wallowas, Lick Creek range, etc... This is a really nice viewpoint for an area I'm not too familiar with.

I wanted to get back before I was missed, so I sped down the hill and was back at my daughter's place by 9am. Not bad to summit a nice looking peak like that and be back in less 4 hours!


Getting There

I drove about 1 mile past the large parking area for Brundage Mountain ski area. Depending on snow levels on Goose Creek Road, you could drive further than I did. In the winter, plowed access would mean you would have to start at the ski area.


Hiking Directions

Basically, I just followed the road until it met up with the west ridge of Brundage Mountain. The west ridge is fairly easy to navigate as the trees aren't that dense and it isn't that steep. I know a lot of people ski those same slopes.


Photos

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Initial slopes after leaving the road
Initial slopes after leaving the road
Looking toward the ridge coming in from the Brundage ski area
Looking toward the ridge coming in from the Brundage ski area
Nearing the top
Nearing the top
Still massive tree wells
Still massive tree wells
New Meadows from the top of Brundage Mountain
New Meadows from the top of Brundage Mountain
Granite Mountain from the top
Granite Mountain from the top
Looking east and into the sun
Looking east and into the sun
Brundage Mountain Benchmark
Brundage Mountain Benchmark
McCall and Long Valley from the top of Brundage Mountain
McCall and Long Valley from the top of Brundage Mountain
Looking southwest from the summit
Looking southwest from the summit
Looking west toward the Wallowas
Looking west toward the Wallowas
Goose Creek Road
Goose Creek Road




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