Ascent of Brushy Mountain on 2020-02-19

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brushy Mountain
    Elevation:3550 ft / 1082 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is one of the few CA P600m that may only optimistically be a P2k. I had been scoping it out for a few years, but since it wasn't a proper P2k other peaks in the area took priority. Now, with my bike and good weather it seemed like a good time to go for it. I additionally benefited from an accumulation of new beta from ascents the previous year.

I camped at the turnout that everyone is using just southeast of Dyerville. I had been leery about parking my car here in the past, but fortunately it's cleaned up a little bit. There's still a lot of trash, but an abandoned bus that used to be parked there was gone as of my climb. In the middle of the night one car did show up and idle for a few minutes. It's possible that there were locals looking to get cell signal, because Verizon does have service there. Anyway, I decided that I had a bike, I'd leave around dawn, and hopefully not be away from my car for too long.

The access is to go past the gate and through the borrow pit. I quickly realized that I could have started much earlier, because the route was well maintained and obvious. I thought I might have to do a mild bushwhack to reach the trestle bridge, but it's a wide access road suitable for ATVs the entire way. Crossing the bridge is a little exciting knowing that it almost certainly no longer receives any kind of maintenance. It's sturdy, but a couple of a ties are rotting. They are thick though, so they probably still have years of life.

Once on the far side, I continued to follow the tracks, which was annoyingly bumpy on a bike. But, it'd definitely the way to go and nicely avoids the poison oak. The trail is wide and flagged all the way to the logging road. It would be difficult to get off route. Once on the road, it was an easy ride over relatively flat terrain to the spur just after the creek. The ascent began in earnest, but the road is well maintained. In fact, it seems to have been recently debrushed within the past year. Eventually, the terrain opens up in some meadows around the abandoned cabin. There were no cows present, but there were plenty of signs that they do visit the area. Beyond the cabin, a continuously rising traverse goes all the way to a saddle northwest of the summit. This saddle marks the end of the well maintained road. For some distance after the road is still decent, just steeper and looser. Eventually, it started to get brushy and tedious to ride, so I called it and stashed my bike. If I had really pushed it, I would have been able to continue for another half mile before the bike would have been useless. The final ascent is longer than it seems, but the route is decent, just a tad brushy here and there.

The summit has mediocre views at best, but there is a register. I didn't spend long up there and quickly returned to my bike for the lengthy descent out. Interestingly, I spooked some loggers that didn't hear me coming. The lower parcels are owned by the Humboldt Redwood Company and they were out surveying. It sounds like there will be some active logging in the area in the near future. They were friendly and didn't have a problem with me being out there as long as I didn't "fuck with trucks." From where I ran into them, it was only a few minutes to the bridge. Back at my car, I was glad to see that it was ok.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4187 ft / 1275 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4187 ft / 1275 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.3 mi / 32.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3811 ft / 1161 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3435 ft / 1047 m; Extra: 376 ft / 114m
    Loss on way in:376 ft / 114 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Logging Roads
    Start Trailhead:Gravel Pit  115 ft / 35 m
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3811 ft / 1161 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3435 ft / 1047 m; Extra: 376 ft / 114m
    Gain on way out:376 ft / 114 m
    Distance:10.1 mi / 16.3 km
    Route:Logging Roads
    End Trailhead:Gravel Pit  115 ft / 35 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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