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PostTue May 12, 2020 8:31 am 
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Peakbagger types know Saddle Butte as the prominence peak for Asotin County with a rise of 974.' A road goes to the top but deep snow lingers on north approaches until well into summer. I thought I'd try from the south via Grouse Flat and hike up the road where snow started. To my surprise I could drive up to nearly 5000' where the road swings into a shady drainage containing Bucket Spring, only about a mile from the junction with the 1.7 mile spur to the 5900' summit. As I parked I spooked a small bear on the road.

Parking at 4980' on Rd 40 just before Bucket Spring.
Parking at 4980' on Rd 40 just before Bucket Spring.
I stopped a bear in its tracks as I was parking.
I stopped a bear in its tracks as I was parking.
Elevation marker at junction of Rd 40 and summit road.
Elevation marker at junction of Rd 40 and summit road.
Road to the top of Saddle Butte.
Road to the top of Saddle Butte.
Roadside elevation marker.
Roadside elevation marker.
Driveway Ridge.
Driveway Ridge.
Snow near the top.
Snow near the top.
A spring on the way up along the road.
A spring on the way up along the road.
There's a sign on Driveway Ridge.
There's a sign on Driveway Ridge.
Nearing the top.
Nearing the top.
Camp on the summit.
Camp on the summit.
Plenty of snow still on Oregon Butte.
Plenty of snow still on Oregon Butte.

After lounging a bit on Saddle Butte, I turned my attention to Driveway Ridge. It's about a 2 mile ridgewalk from the last hairpin turn on the road and one enters The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness right away. I found some traces of old trail and a couple of camps on the walk out which has some pretty good ups and downs along the way.

Grouse Flat to the south.
Grouse Flat to the south.
Driveway Ridge.
Driveway Ridge.
Halsey Butte.
Halsey Butte.
Looking at the south side of The Blues.
Looking at the south side of The Blues.
Typical terrain on the hike over to Driveway Ridge.
Typical terrain on the hike over to Driveway Ridge.
Some snowy sections on the ridge walk.
Some snowy sections on the ridge walk.
The highpoint of Driveway Ridge, 5582.'
The highpoint of Driveway Ridge, 5582.'
Middle Ridge is a 5621' point between Saddle Butte and Driveway Ridge.
Middle Ridge is a 5621' point between Saddle Butte and Driveway Ridge.
Diamond Peak.
Diamond Peak.
Saddle Butte from near the top Driveway Ridge.
Saddle Butte from near the top Driveway Ridge.
Mt Horrible. Rd 40 (Pomeroy/Grouse Flat) visible below.
Mt Horrible. Rd 40 (Pomeroy/Grouse Flat) visible below.
Blues.
Blues.

In just about every snow patch I saw bear tracks but my singing voice must have alerted them to my presence since I ran into nary a one. Ticks were out in force and I picked dozens off my clothes.

10ish miles and 3500.'
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PostTue May 12, 2020 5:02 pm 
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Nice! You got a good trip in for this time of year. South facing Blues are great this time of year with the intense sun they get.
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