| Bartlett Mountain - North Side and West Face
Bartlett Mountain – 322 ranking
Little Bartlett Mountain – unranked
5.0 Miles +/-
2500 feet +/-
After a tough jaunt the previous weekend on Sayres BM, UN 13460 and UN 12,601 this poor Al-titude challenged 54 year old decided that a shorter hike was in order. I have been looking at completing the Mosquito Range 13,000 and above, so Bartlett was on the list, although Bartlett is listed as a Tenmile/Mosquito range peak by some. One more Mosquito hike to go down at its southern end.
Bartlett Mountain is a mountain that is being mined and so it is going away. At what rate, who knows, it could be soon, depending on the price of molybdenum. The actual high point on this mountain today has been measured at 13,400 feet which is 155 feet lower than you will find on the older quad maps. Bartlett Mountain would have been ranked with Wasatch at 214. The highest point is also farther north (see location on route quad map below). The Climax Molybdenum Mine has built roads to the top and has been mining the mountain. Climax had planned to re-open the mine in 2010, employing 300 more people. It is currently operating with a skeleton crew. The plans for 2010 are up in the air right now because of the price of molybdenum and the depressed economy. It does not look like it would take much to knock down another few hundred feet of mountain.
Started at the north parking lot at Clinton Reservoir, which is on the east side of Highway 91, 7.5 miles south of I-70. Hiked south across the reservoir to the south lot. The south parking area was not plowed. Headed southeast right from the sign at the south lot and up the hill.
Route (copied from SP).
The trees do not last long as you get to the open area at 11,500. There is a road and pipeline shown on the quad map but I did not follow either of these.
First look at Little Bartlett Mountain and Bartlett Mountain.
Closer look and mine roads. I went straight up to the saddle. You can follow the road as it switchbacks up the mountain.
Looking up from the saddle.
First look at Bartlett Mountain up close, but not the highest point.
The first tower with the actual high point to the right.
The mine has carved out a road right to the top. What is the plan from here for me and the mine?
The Climax "Glory Hole".
Knife edge and top ahead. Loose and crumbling rock everywhere.
On the knife edge.
Looking back from the top.
A close up view of the highest point. More loose and crumbling rock.
The top rock with its knife edge. Exciting 15 or so feet to the top on three sides and about a 20 foot drop with a 100 foot tumble on the west side.
The dog was smart enough to stay off this rock. There is room for one person.
Grab and step - for a brief moment anyway. The rock just below the top is wobbly.
Looking back up from below. I down climbed straight below the high point rather than going back over the ridge.
Little Bartlett Mountain. Could be ranked someday if the mining continues, maybe.
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