Peak(s):  Thunder Butte 9836 ft.
Date Posted:  11/08/2020
Date Climbed:   11/08/2020
Author:  jibler
 from the East - there came a Great Thunder   

Scouted out a solid alternate route on Thunder Butte using google earth. The old eagle eye.

Worked perfectly. It is a series of sweeping high connecting ridges on the way up - and the land is burned - but navigation was straight forward. No path ever.

Just starting.

at one poinit i was considering taking this rock ridge in foreground - but i knew google was rounding the edges off - it looked hardcore. a rock blade.

most shots on the way up got washed out in the light.

at the Top!

The only minus was that the views of the Sangre di christos was all blurred. according to peakfinder you can peep mt lindsey at like 112 miles on good day. Views to north at very top are a little tree compromised.

the north is good most of the way down anyway. you get your 360 if you work it.

This one below - man - at one point i did get some doubts. those woods never seemed to end. i was looking for the light to break thru to give me sign i was popping up. saw mirages of light - Eldorado style. but i just kept chugging along.

coming down looking at final segment. followed rocks up to the left and then bang up right at top.

heading down

that's the top up there center left

Thunder Butte to left

hope you like your Mordor well done.

West to North.

Yes this was a blast. and i now know there's a ton of rather massive rock castles up around this place. one could put together a tour de force journey to run the circumference of Thunder to see them all?

And here's two google pics of the route



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Comments or Questions
11/09/2020 07:27
I'm hoping to get up there in that area soon for Sheepnose.

those woods never seemed to end
11/09/2020 13:49
That's exactly how we felt using a different (the standard?) route. It looks like bushwhacking pains are inevitable, regardless.
How long was this route?

route length and a caution!
11/09/2020 14:50
My route was seemingly right around 6 miles round trip.

and that was taking the fastest route / ridges all the way. I had at one point contemplated a much longer approach from due north. But glad I stuck with the 'get in /get out' approach yesterday as I was flirting with serious darkness at end.

also I want to take a moment to point out that - despite this all being pretty straightforward - good navigation was a must! If I had veered off the wrong ridge i was going to be very lost on a side of the mtn with no one around and no trails to find.

Luckily I did early on come up with some key landscape markers that were very helpful coming down later.

Good Post!
11/12/2020 10:55
I saw this post and tried hiking it during Veteran's day. Misread the map and ended up doing a different ridge that ended up being 11 miles, but it was a good hike!

lots of variations
11/12/2020 13:05
Yeah that's sort of the northern launch I was originally thinking of.

What was the north ridge like coming up? Seemed like it had more trees and vegetation?

The more I look at this place - there's a lot of different ways up and down. and that middle 'rock blade' ridge may be do-able too I suppose.

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