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Ascent of Mount Biedeman, West Peak in 1996-09

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:September, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Biedeman, West Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9006 ft / 2745 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountain is named for J.W. Biderman, a prospector and promoter in the Bodie Mining District in the 1860's. The name is incorrectly transcribed on most current maps. (Gudde, p. 28) An old tobacco can found at the summit in September, 1996 had scratched on it: "Jean Party, July, 1952". Boy Scouts who signed a card in 1992 may have built the three 7 ft. high rock cairns or possibly one or more of them was there previously. It is unusual to have more than one such cairn on a peak.

The area south of highway 270 surrounding Mount Biedeman is marked as a BLM Wilderness Study Area. At present it is possible to drive to a point close to the mountain, but the future status of this road is not known and it could close with wilderness designation.

To reach Mount Biedeman drive on route 395 about 7 miles south of Bridgeport and turn left (east) on route 270, a BLM Scenic Byway that goes to Bodie. This paved highway has mileage markers. At 0.3 miles past the 7 mile marker (7.3 miles from route 395) turn right onto a fair dirt road. This road has a high crown and good clearance is needed. The mountain is visible to the southeast and has three rock cairns on top which can be seen from some distance away. Reset your odometer and drive over a low hill to a flat area in 0.8 miles and then up a grade to a broad saddle just west of the mountain. Park on your left after 1.5 miles at a handy pullout with a stone fire ring which makes a good camping area if desired. UTM here is: 318510E, 4224430N (NAD27). The peak is the high point only 0.24 miles away on a bearing of 72 degrees. Hike up to the saddle south of the highpoint and then go north up the ridge. The hike takes about 20 minutes to the top and has a gain of 420 ft. 9/96 RLC
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