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Ascent of Grover Hot Springs State Park High Point on 2016-08-21

Climber: Jim Retemeyer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grover Hot Springs State Park High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7465 ft / 2275 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was CA state park number 110. I drove from my home in Arnold to Markleeville and turned left for the Grover Hot Springs State Park. It is easy to find. I had already figured out that the high point is in the northwest square of land owned by the state park. I talked to a ranger and she said the Burnside Lake Trail would take me close by that piece of land. I parked at the pools and then followed the trail across a meadow to intersect the Burnside Lake Trail coming from the campground. I followed it maybe a mile and soon after it split from a trail, to some falls, you will engage in 2 or 3 little switchbacks and ending up heading west again. When you get close to 6300 or so feet you should start bushwhacking up the ridge. A topo and/or a GPS will be very helpful. It is not a pleasant climb as there is much manzanita and other small trees. You also have boulders to negotiate. It took me awhile to get up to the liner. When I was on the liner I looked for the highest boulder near the northwest corner of the park.
On the way down, I headed southeast and had much less vegetation to deal with. This also happens to be my 700th solo climb.
I also was nailed with marble size hail on my motorcycle as I headed to Tahoe from here.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1465 ft / 447 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Burnside Lake Trail
    Trailhead:Hot Springs Pool  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
Threatening storms
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes



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