Ascent of Arbuckle Mountain on 2019-05-27

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Arbuckle Mountain
    Elevation:3071 ft / 936 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Eric Noel's great report to help drive this one to near the summit, parking in the same spot he did. He had driven it in March, probably before most the new growth, but by the time I got there the plants had grown up and they scraped the bottom of the rig for most of the way. Several times, especially near the top, I could barely make out the two tracks, but each time guess right. Driving up the draw shown on the topo map, near the top, there were some sketchy moments where I could almost not see the road. One of those moments looked like the end of the road, but as I drew closer I saw that someone had cut out the big burned tree trunk laying on the road, and I could squeeze through. The two-track was much easier to follow on the descent, partly because of the better viewing angle, and partly because I could see where the tires had broken down the plants on the ascent. If you have 4WD and reasonable clearance you should be able to drive this one. I drove my 2012 4Runner that is not jacked up.

I saw a deer twice right below the summit, or it may have been two deer, one on the ascent and another one on the descent. Each time it/they bounded away and vanished. I stupidly didn't take any photos for some unknown reason. Probably too spooked out about the drive, and worried about driving down. ???

The track is my driving track. You don't really need a track for the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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