Ascent of Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak on 2016-02-06

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Previous stop: Cobb Mtn

Since readers are more likely to click here than start with the Cobb East TR, I'll repeat its prelude here:

Left the Bay Area at 3:50a on a Saturday with the intent to hit the trail by 7a and be back at the car before 10a. From past trip reports, I wasn't sure whether I'd run into angry homeowners or welcoming ones--or whether anyone would even care about my presence. For that reason, I wanted to start early and end as quickly as possible.

Arrived at 6:40a, happily ahead of schedule, yay. Parked at the end of Pinewood Way (38.813580, -122.716498), off to the right near an old red truck that doesn't look like it's moved in 10 years. Several nearby houses within a stone's throw of where I parked. Actually wasn't sure if it was even okay to park where I did, so I left a note with an apology and noted my return time in case anyone got annoyed at my car's presence. Last thing I'd want to do would be intrude into someone's personal space.

If I were to do it again, I'd probably have parked near the north intersection of 175 and Maple Shadows Dr (38.813467, -122.711767) and walked from there. One note--Maple Shadows Dr actually crosses 175 at two different locations. You want the northern-most intersection, not the southern one.

Gate at the trailhead had been knocked off its hinge and lay on the ground on the left. Open gate? Works for me.

The old jeep trail quickly becomes non-jeep-friendly due to a lot of washout and large trees that had fallen across the path. The obstacles wouldn't be good for jeeps, but they pose no problem for the lowly hiker. Navigation is simple. Just follow the path up.

For Cobb East and Cobb, just follow the clearly defined jeep trail. Continue south from Cobb and follow the faint trail south and then west as it turns and drops towards the saddle to Cobb SW.

From the saddle (photo facing west towards Cobb SW between Cobb and Cobb SW, I headed due west straight up to Cobb SW. As the photos show, the fire cleared the manzanita and other plants that would otherwise have made the route a bit of a bushwhack. Absent the bushwhack, navigation was quick and painless.

Beautiful day with decent views from the flat top of Cobb SW. Its summit is so wide and flat that I didn't even bother to find a register. Moreover, I had seen 15min earlier that the register atop its higher neighbor Cobb Mtn was burnt to a crisp, so I suspect the old Cobb SW register shared a similar fate.

Uneventful walk back to the car. Both Cobb and Cobb East do see maintenance truck traffic coming from the west/north to service the towers. Other than that, I saw no signs of anyone the whole day. Very peaceful.

Time: under 2.5hr car-to-car
Cell coverage: spotty. 1 bar Edge at the trailhead. 3 bars of 4G (AT&T) at the top of Cobb East and Cobb.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:630 ft / 190 m
    Elevation Loss:2130 ft / 648 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:135 ft / 40 m
    Extra Loss:65 ft / 19 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Trailhead:Cobb - Cobb SW Saddle  4410 ft / 1344 m
    Time Up:6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2065 ft / 629 m
    Extra Gain:495 ft / 150 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:XC; Cobb Mtn Rd; jeep trail
    Trailhead:Gate at Pinewood Way  2910 ft / 886 m
    Time Down:55 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: CobbMtn.20160207

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cobb Mountain-East Peak2016-02-06 a
2Cobb Mountain2016-02-06 b
3Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak2016-02-06 c
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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