Carbon County Highpoint Trip Report

Plateau BM (12,612 ft)

Date: September 5, 1997
Author: Bob Packard

From Red Lodge, I drove out FR 71 to West Fork Rock Creek Trailhead and camped in my camper the night before.

Hiked up the West Fork Rock Creek Valley via excellent trail, leaving the trail when it went up to Sundance pass and then bushwhacked past Silt Lakes to a pass where USGS map indicates "snowfield", southeast of Castle Mountain. Used my crampons on 2 snowfields. Climbing north and northwest got me to the Plateau BM, HP Carbon County, and Castle Mountain (12,604 feet) with a flat area between.

The trip was 12.25 hours, 20 miles, and 4,800 feet of elevation gain.