Ascent of Ellemeham Mountain on 2007-06-29

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Dean Molen
Date:Friday, June 29, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ellemeham Mountain
    Elevation:4659 ft / 1420 m

Ascent Trip Report

EN: "Dean skillfully drove up this one with some help from Klenke's TR and a little bit of tentative navigation on my part. We took the Ellemeham Mtn Road up from the metropolis of Oroville. This is a good mainline road and though it is ranching territory I do not think there is any signage along it. We did have to wait several times for the heifers to be cowed out of our way by Dean's Tacoma. I was somewhat tentative in determining that the little used road we saw going up the gully to the west towards the Silver Horn mine was the one we had originally planned on, so instead we keep going until just past the horse corral (map shows this on the wrong side of the road). At the subsequent turnoff, we found that from this point on the roads were a bit overgrown, not even two tracked, but actually completely covered with grass in some spots. But the grade was in good shape, not rough at all. If anything it might be a little bit soft, though it was raining out. I'd say it is passable to a passenger car, but 4WD could be helpful in spring or fall and possible private property that is a long long ways from a town that ain't much of a town in the middle of nowhere is the last place you want to get your low rider stuck.

"Anyway, from the turnoff from Ellemeham Mtn Road it is about a mile as Klenke says to the crux road junctions. From there you can follow his directions with the one addendum that the final leg is more like 1.4 miles rather than .4 miles so 4.8 or so to where you might park. Be aware that at one point you will have to go over a cattle guard marked by a No Trespassing sign which will immediately be followed by those two metal shipping containers and other metallic junk on the right side of the road. There are campers but no actual house at that site. Naturally we would not trespass, as that is illegal and just plain wrong! We couldn't find anyone home, so naturally we continued on to the top with the hope that the owners would be up there at the top soaking in the view, or the rain, that they would then grant us permission. But sadly, we never did run across them, unless they are bovine. We figured it was OK anyway cause if Bliss and Hank were willin' to let in a peakbaggin' scoundrel like that Klenke fellow, then surely two innocent mtn devotees such as ourselves would be welcomed in as well.

"As you approach the top the road will continue on past the saddle just north of the peak even though the map shows it ending 3/4ths of a mile before the top at that saddle. Somewhere in that last segment I think we took a wrong fork- going right instead of left- but it was not a big deal. We were able to get within a quarter mile of the spot elevation and so we just hoofed it SE from there. We passed over several small rock knobs with limited visibility that prevented us from telling if anything was higher and we skillfully avoided the moving gendarmes that will someday become Angus steaks. Finally, we came to the most pronounced summit rockpile right at the south end of the contour where the map shows the spot elevation for the HP. It definitely seemed the highest thing around. There was no BM to be found which I found slightly annoying since the 1400+10 meter contour cannot be reconciled with the 1420 meter spot elevation and so I wanted to know what the elevation really is. Oh well. Our trip down was uneventful. As I repeatedly told Dean, there are some peaks upon which I really enjoy the journey to the summit. Then there are others where I am real glad to have summitted and moved on to something else. This was definitely the latter." --Eric Noel, June 29, 2007
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:139 ft / 43 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Cattle Dodge
    Trailhead:Grassy Knoll  4560 ft / 1389 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds

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