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Ascent of Observation Peak on 2007-11-06

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Observation Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7964 ft / 2427 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ravensdale is located north of Susanville on U.S. 395, a high desert hamlet that time has left behind. From here go 4.5 miles east on paved Mail Route road, then continue east on Horn Rd for 7.4 miles. After several jogs in the road and bypassing some rundown dwellings with assorted rusted vehicles on display, turn right at a closed but unlocked green Powderhorn gate. A vertical strip-sign inside the gate is marked "20611-Observation Peak." The 6.4 mile drive from here to the top is very rough in places, particularly in the first several miles. I wouldn't have made it without my high-clearance 4WD Toyota 4Runner., which allowed me to creep through a stretch of sharp volcanic rock. However, if one drives slowly and cautiously, there are no great problems in driving to the summit. The road is only moderately steep as it climbs higher and is smoother than lower down. There is ample parking and a small service building below the actual summit with the well maintained but unstaffed Calfire L.O., which is accessed by a cement walkway. I spotted three USGS benchmarks around the base of the L.O., but missed Richard Carey's register from his visit in 2004. The view is extensive, with the white cone of Mt. Shasta dominant to the SW. Observation Peak ranks #106 on CA's list of 2KP peaks. My odometer noted 17.6 miles from Observation Peak to U.S. 395---driving time about 70 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Ideal
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Drive-up
Descent Statistics



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