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Ascent of Combs Peak on 2011-01-16

Climber: Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach

Others in Party:Nathaniel
Date:Sunday, January 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Combs Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6193 ft / 1887 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove out to TH with the hubby - 4WD and high clearance vehicle recommended. TH was at mile 4.7 on Lost Valley Road going towards the Boy Scout camp. Headed North for approx 2 miles on PCT until we came to a saddle overlooking the East (Paradise Valley) and flat-ish camping spot. From there, we navigated away from the PCT and followed a somewhat obvious duck/carin route to the summit. No defined trail, but plenty of carins to look up for. 15 minute scramble or so - some loose soil and rocks, very steep at times - but well worth the effort. 3 USGS markers, the HPS logbook in an ammo can, and summit peak stake are all at the top. Beautiful views and a great spot for lunch if it's not too windy.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1200 ft / 366 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:4993 ft / 1521 m
    Grade/Class:class 1- class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:sunny, 75+ in the sun, cooler in shade with patches of snow along trail at the shadowed draws.
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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