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Ascent of Whitaker Peak on 2019-05-03

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whitaker Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4148 ft / 1264 m

Ascent Trip Report

on the way uphill i wasn't paying terribly close attention, but i did have in my mind that i'd see a use trail for the main peak. however i ended up at the LO before i realised i had missed the main peak.

i looked at the map, and thought back to the last saddle: my memory of the road was that it was cut into the mountain, leaving steep sandy hillsides below the ridge. i couldn't remember any easy access to the ridge the main peak is on... so instead i went over the top around the antenna. there i found a use trail, and the beginning of the brush.

it wouldn't take much effort to clip back the brush along the ridge... but i had forgotten my clippers. i honestly hadn't even bothered reading up about this peak or i might have thought to bring them. anyhow it was slower going than the road for sure.

returning from the summit i couldn't find any good way to get back down to the road... i ended up trying to find the least steep sandy section and slid down on my butt. i suppose you could return to the antenna though. but i wanted to be done with the brush.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1802 ft / 548 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1802 ft / 549 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1622 ft / 494 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1202 ft / 367 m; Extra: 420 ft / 128m
    Loss on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Start Trailhead:2946 ft / 897 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1382 ft / 421 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1202 ft / 367 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    End Trailhead:2946 ft / 897 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: whitaker peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Whitaker Lookout2019-05-03 a 
2Whitaker Peak2019-05-03 b1802 ft / 549 m
Total Trip Gain: 1802 ft / 549 m    Total Trip Loss: 1802 ft / 549 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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