Elevation: 5,260 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
This peak is located just across US-20 from Tollgate Butte. USGS Long Tom Reservoir
South Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: October 2, 2019
From the well-signed Tollgate Historical pullout on the north side of US-20, drive 1.2 miles east on US-20 to a jeep road on the R/S side of the highway. Park near this road junction (4,950 feet).
Tollgate Hill lies on the north side of the highway. From the road junction, you can see almost the entire route to the top of Tollgate Hill, though you can’t see the summit. Cross to the north side of the highway and begin the climb. Head NE up the steep open scrub, crossing a stiff cattle fence early. May you be blessed with long legs. Aim for a prominent rocky outcrop on the South Ridge. Scramble up through some large rocks/boulders (Class 2+) to reach the top of this rocky outcrop.
You are now at the head of the South Ridge, but you are not on the summit as you can easily ascertain. Scramble NW across rock-and-scrub terrain to reach the high point, which is another rocky outcrop. There were no signs of previous ascent.