Ascent of Calaveras Big Trees State Park High Point on 2014-06-06

Climber: Jim Retemeyer

Others in Party:Oleta Retemeyer
Date:Friday, June 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Calaveras Big Trees State Park High Point
    Elevation:5562 ft / 1695 m

Ascent Trip Report

*Added two months later* This turns out not to be the highpoint. My next trip report fixes this. The following is my account of my first attempt.

Continuing my quest of finding the highest point of each state point. This one is on the eastern border of the park. It takes a few dirt roads to get there. You can get the TH from the south where you take Love Creek Road to McKay Point Dam. You cross the north fork of the Stanislaus River. You follow the now paved road, skirting the southern border of the state park. You need to end up on Forest Road 5N02, Hells Half Acre Road. This will lead you to 5N03. When the road makes a sharp U-turn to the south, you will a dirt road to the west. Follow this until a barbed wire fence, which is the border of the state park. Park here and go under the fence for about 100 yards. There will be an overgrown road. Go right to the crest of the road. You will two rocks on your left. This is the highest point if the border is more to the north. The park map and GPS show the highpoint on the road BEFORE the crest. Either way, you will have touched the highest point of the state park. You can now turn around and walk the road SW and bag Repeater Hill...since you drove all the way out here anyway.
You can also come to the sharp U-turn from the north. In Dorrington, take Border Crossings Road, which is paved all the way until you come to the Stanislaus River and a picnic area. A very short distance later will be a dirt road to your right which is Forest Road 5N02. Take this south and work away in an array of roads. The goal is to find 5N03 and proceed as above. A map and/or GPS is paramount. Enjoy the journey as it is beautiful in this area. I also live a in Arnold, so I expect a visit and I will provide you a cold beer and a meal.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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