Ascent of Little Blue Ridge on 2019-01-28

Climber: Lisa Barboza

Others in Party:David Sanger -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, January 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Little Blue Ridge
    Elevation:3120 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yolo County HP - A nice climb of this remote peak in Lake County. Morgan Valley Road out of Lower Clear Lake leads to Reiff Road, which was dry at this time. In can be quite muddy and people have been stuck there previously.

We parked off of Reiff Road at a trailhead marked by bollards with wire rope between them; there was no signed TH marker. The vegetation in this area was formerly a uniform short forest of the Sargent or McNab Cypress. These trees reproduce after a fire and result in a uniform height forest of trees all of the same age, with the occasional Knobcone Pine, also a fire-adapted species that needs fire to reproduce. Mixed in you will find Chemise, Manzanita, Toyon, and other chaparral plants. In some places they were burned heavily, in others the original forest remains. This eventually gives way to grazing land surrounding the numerous ranch roads that lead to the summit.

From the TH, find a forest road that was created after the August 2015 Rocky Fire that burned 70,000 acres, merged with the southern Jerusalem fire. The fire was started by a faulty gas powered water heater in an outbuilding. The fire road showed signs of being maintained and pruned in places. After about 1.8 miles, the road dips slightly into a minor drainage, and then proceeds through a bushwhack. The bushwhack is primarily through burned trees, care should be taken. Our clothing was soiled heavily by the burned vegetation. We stayed below several rocky outcrops in hopes of keeping out of sight of a white house on a ridge that could, if one was not careful, have you in sight for much of the first part of the hike. We saw no humans on our hike, but did see a few Mule Deer.

Through the bushwhack, find a ranch road through grassland that will reach a saddle with Butte Rock to the west and another, faint fire road going NE towards the peak. Then drop down to a saddle, on the same fire road, and proceed to another small saddle where the road turns south towards the summit. It is about 600-700 lateral feet to the summit; we found the road blocked in many places by downed windfall Knobcone Pine and had to duck under, over, and around them. A bowsaw would be a good accessory on this trip. From the summit, we could see the snowy Sierra Nevada, Mt Lassen, and Mt Shasta along with Snow Mountain and many others. We build a cairn and left a register behind.

After summiting, dropping back to the first saddle, we ascended Butte Rock, a low CL3 scramble with fine views. We then went cross country to climb Peak 2934, an LOJ peak. We summited, then went cross country back to the ranch roads, back through the bushwhack, to the fire road and back to the TH.

A fine hike, and if you want this peak, I recommend going soon before the vegetation grows back and makes the bushwhacking even more interesting. Whoop!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Trailhead:270 ft / 82 m
    Grade/Class:CL1, CL3 scramble
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
A cool & windy day, clearing later on
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Lisa Barboza
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