Ascent to Reservoir Summit-ridge road south gate on 2019-03-08

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Date:Friday, March 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Reservoir Summit - ridge road south gate
    Elevation:2844 ft / 866 m
    Remaining Elevation:1130 ft / 345 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

i've attempted to drive up to this former fire lookout twice now, and failed both attempts. i figured i'd record what i've discovered.

a month ago i was coming from the north and i was hopeful i could drive through on 8N04 / ridge road. the road was in reasonable condition, but ends at a permanent closure at "tumble inn" as marked on the USGS/USFS maps. from this point the hike looks to be ballpark 9mi maybe 1800' round-trip.

today after warm springs i figured i'd try the southern leg of 8N04. i'd discover a closed/locked gate about 1.5mi north of templin hwy (6N32.2). the hike would be considerably longer from here.

i assumed this southern closure was seasonal, so i started digging around for angeles forest motor vehicle use map, and confusingly the map doesn't even show most of 8N04 between the southern and northern gates. so i kept digging. that's where i learned about the history of the ridge route: it was the original n/s route through the range, replaced by 99 and then later I-5. it was damaged in 2005, and the forest service and county have relinquished their rights to the road. the Ridge Route Preservation Organization has been trying to re-open the road. the current status seems pretty bleak as far as re-opening.

i reached out to ask laura how she bagged the peak, whether she hiked it like burd did, or was able to drive it. she lucked out and was let in at the southern gate when calfire was in the area for the day. so random luck might net you a drive-up here.

so then i was left with burd's approach. he parked on the southbound side of I-5, and used a tunnel under I-5 and forest road 7N26 for an easy 6.3mi 1600' hike. however he got a warning ticket from CHP for his parking location.

studying the satellite views i think there are better parking opportunities on the northbound side of I-5, which may not net you a CHP warning. there appears to be a dirt road segment, which is ungated, which will let you park much further off the highway. i stopped by briefly the day after this report, but my feet were too tired after the 24mi i had hiked already the past two days.

so the two possibilities are the uncertain parking off I-5 with the shorter hike, or the certain parking at tumble inn and a few miles extra hiking. i'll see which one appeals more when i next try to fit this peak into a trip.
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