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Ascent of North Maggie Mountain on 2014-08-09

Climber: Rick Peterson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Maggie Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10234 ft / 3119 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started from Hidden Falls Campground on the River Trail which I didn't find on any of my maps. It is an easy to find trail right near the river where the road fords the stream. I didn't realize it until I came down but this trail joins the main trail about a mile up the river. On the way back I actually missed it and came to the river which I didn't remember crossing so I knew something was wrong. Fortunately the turn off to Hidden Falls is only about 100 meters back up the trail on the way down. I continued up to where the trail does cross the river above Long Meadow and I headed NE up and around hoping to slide into the NE gully. Maybe I should have gone up the East side of the river a little further because I ended up in some miserable brush around 7-8000 feet. I don't know if it would have done any good since miserable brush is very common around here. After getting above the brush it was a lot more fun with intermittent granite rocks and easier ground between. After reaching the col North of N Maggie I turned right up easy terrain to the summit. On the way down I sprained my ankle badly fighting the brush and that made the descent a living hell. Living in Porterville this is about the highest mountain on the skyline so I had to climb it. This would be one of the last peaks I would ever repeat unless I had time to hike around the back to Maggie Lakes and do the other side.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4300 ft / 1311 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:North East Gully
    Trailhead:Hidden Falls Campground  5934 ft / 1808 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Warm with forest fire smoke
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 30 Minutes



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