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Ascent of Beckwourth Peak on 2019-06-16

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beckwourth Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7252 ft / 2210 m

Ascent Trip Report

attached driving track is relatively obvious, with a sign saying "beckwourth peak 4mi" at the pavement. the road gets progressively worse and worse, and definitely requires all-terrain tires, 4x4 and hi-clearance to get to where i parked. this was the first test of my truck since i had it repaired after some issues way back on pastora peak 5 or 6 weeks ago: everything working great, all set for some nevada peak bagging next weekend!

i stopped where i did because i encountered an open gate, with lock hanging from it. i could see a pickup truck further up, and i didn't want to take a chance of getting locked in. the road wasn't much worse or better above that spot though.

as i approached the road's high point i bumped into a tall athletic fellow, clearly a climber, carrying rope. we chatted briefly, seems he's busy opening up new routes on the west face of the summit. i was worried briefly that the summit was technical... but nope, it's just an annoying bushwhack, and some easy scrambling. he said the gate was open like that last weekend as well... so i dunno, maybe it's always open.

i noted two cairns on the left of the road before i reached the road's crest: i chose neither of those (guessing they were climber's trails due to their location -- possibly heading down to the base of the cliff). instead i went just over the crest and found a use trail... this use trail would involve some bush shoving/pushing and then peter out before the summit. on the outbound way i climbed on the rocks, over the false summits (one might be as high as the northern high point). on the way back i just dealt with all the bushwhacking.

i loosely followed marc belanger's track but i'm not sure there's a good way.

i couldn't spend long on the summit because storm clouds were moving in, and thunder was starting up on nearby ranges. despite the impending storm i was sweating like mad on the hot rocks in the summit area, and chugged through 2L water.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:856 ft / 260 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Trailhead:6396 ft / 1949 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Hours 59 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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