Ascent of Brushy Mountain on 2019-04-27

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Brushy Mountain
    Elevation:3550 ft / 1082 m

Ascent Trip Report

i followed dennis poulin's route. the brush has grown in on the abandoned rail tracks at the starting point, but it's easy to reconnect with the tracks further along, before the trestle.

the dyerville train trestle is the crux of this hike. if you're afraid of heights you probably don't want to try this. you have to place your feet carefully on the rail ties, and if you're like me that requires looking down... and once you're out on the bridge proper that means you're looking at the water rushing past you some 80' below. it's quite a unique experience. i can't say i enjoyed it while i was doing it, but i am enjoying having done it!

as mentioned by richard carey you want to continue north along the tracks until you find an OHV trail which connects to the road network. on my ascent i was too eager and i dove into the brush, taking my chance with poison oak. it's quite a steep rise between the track and the road, and there's PO everywhere. on descent i went the extra distance, and it's worth it.

the rest of the hike is along good roads, frequently tree-lined (with lots of PO left/right of the road). however it opens up into wonderful meadows with great views, and spring flowers. this continues until you're up above 2200' or so when downfall starts to appear. in the last 3/4 mile there is much downfall and brush along the road. not enough to mark "bushwhack", but enough to slow you down. no views at the summit, pretty much what you expect when you tackle a peak named "brushy". but the lower portion of the hike made up for it.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4294 ft / 1308 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4294 ft / 1308 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.3 mi / 32.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3837 ft / 1169 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3380 ft / 1031 m; Extra: 457 ft / 139m
    Loss on way in:457 ft / 139 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Start Trailhead:170 ft / 51 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3837 ft / 1169 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3380 ft / 1031 m; Extra: 457 ft / 139m
    Gain on way out:457 ft / 139 m
    Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    End Trailhead:170 ft / 51 m
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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