Ascent of Old Man Mountain on 2018-09-28

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Lisa Barboza -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Old Man Mountain
    Elevation:7789 ft / 2374 m

Ascent Trip Report

the road in to this trailhead is rough, rocky, and i recommend hi-clearance and all-terrain tires. i think we took about an hour each way on the road... overall my goal with coming in from this direction was to fit this hike into a day in which i left the bay area at a lazy time, stopping numerous times along the way. it more or less worked.

the creek was at a reasonable flow rate for crossing, but apparently it can be pretty high, and i suppose we could have been trapped on the other side had pg&e changed the flow rate. it would seem we totally lucked out here, there are flow graphs available, and it would seem that there was only 9 cfs (or the graphs are broken as i look at this), whereas a month earlier there was 280 cfs. after watching a number of fordyce creek crossing videos (4x4s) i'm pretty sure i would have turned back at the higher flow rates.

the worst brush was between the creek and the start of the climb to the ridge... there's probably a good way through here, but we didn't luck out and find it.

it's hard to say whether our route up or down were better: both had scrambling (class 2), some friction slabs, and occasional brush. on the descent route we were in a gully (the northern leg of our track) with several rocks that i slid down, i'm not sure i would have found a way to climb some of these.

up on the ridge we used the use trail which has occasional cairns, and is generally easy to follow.

we found no register.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2083 ft / 634 m
    Extra Gain:362 ft / 110 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Trailhead:6430 ft / 1959 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 48 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 11 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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