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Ascent to Caliente Mountain-Some kind of tower, right on the trail on 2011-10-01

Climber: Gene Vityugov

Others in Party:Patrick Kao----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Caliente Mountain - Some kind of tower, right on the trail
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3500 ft / 1066 m
    Remaining Elevation:1606 ft / 490 m (11% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This was a failure.

The plan was to drive up to the trailhead on Friday night and camp overnight next to it.

I have to admit, we weren't 100% prepared with directions other than what was posted on summitpost.org. We drove on 101 from Bay Area, then 58-East, then Right on Soda Lake Rd for 25+ miles (We turned around twice and hit a rabbit before finding the correct turn at the BLM sign).

~4 miles later we ended up at an abandoned ranch. According to the sign we saw (and the reports we read), another 3 miles would have led us to the trailhead. Well, we drove for close to 5 miles in the dark until finally hitting a fork. There were NO SIGNS at all indicating the start of a trailhead. We thought we were in the wrong place so we turned around and parked at the Selby Campground. We then hiked up for several miles uphill to the same fork and camped there.

In the morning, we headed off for the trailhead, but had to turn around midday due to lack of water.
We'll get this one next time.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Clear
Hot and dry



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