Ascent of Cottonwood Peak on 2012-07-21
|Date:||Saturday, July 21, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||6608 ft / 2014 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI first tried to get to the trailhead of a trail called the Bear Creek Trail. It starts to the west of Cottonwood Peak off Dutch Creek Road. However, I ran into "No Trespassing unless Granted Permission by Owner" signs on the road about 0.5 miles short of the trailhead. No owner was around; just a young German Shepard dog looking to test his teeth on my leg if I got out of the car.
So I went to Plan B. I drove up I-5 to the exit north of Hornbrook and followed the dirt road west towards Ditch Creek. The main dirt road gets steep after about 3.5 miles, requiring 4WD. I followed the correct series of dirt roads using a topo map a total of 9.1 miles from the I-5 turn-off, which put me on the ENE ridge of Cottonwood Peak 0.7 mile from the summit. From here, I hiked up the ridgeline, sometimes straying just to the north of the ridge to avoid occasional brushy and rocky sections.
Reached the summit in about 30 min on a hot day. Nice view of Mt. Shasta. This part of the peak had many tall trees in the immediate vicinity, unlike the lower sections which had been logged fairly recently.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1050 ft / 320 m|
| Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.3 km|
| Route:||ENE Ridge|
| Trailhead:||Dirt road on ENE Ridge 5558 ft / 1694 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Scramble|
| Time Up:||30 Minutes|
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