Ascent of Butte County High Point on 2020-06-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, June 16, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Butte County High Point|
| Elevation:||7120 ft / 2170 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was part of a trip pursuing county high points for an itinerary that ended up (adaptability and all that) including Modoc, Lassen, Siskiyou, Lake/Colusa, Glenn, Mendocino, Butte, Tehama, Humboldt, & Trinity counties. (As it happens, Siskiyou -- Mt. Shasta -- was the primary objective on this tour, and it was the only unsuccessful summit attempt.)
Here I drove in from the west and exited to the east. All roads are fine for all vehicles. I noticed a boulder balanced atop a high stump just before Snag Lake on the drive in; I would love to know the story behind that.
I parked next to idyllic Cold Spring. There were other vehicles on the road but I was alone in the parking lot and saw no one on the trail.
This is a short walk mostly through dense forest and almost entirely on the PCT. At the large clearing right at the 2-mile mark I traced the tree line until it was time to bushwhack. This is no-contact bushwhacking as the forest floor is only covered with light deadfall.
Near the summit of the unnamed peak is thick brush, and I was glad to be wearing long pants. Over the hump I descended toward the county line when I came across a trail and shortly thereafter — and much to my surprise — an engraved sign and register. It turns out walking through the brush was unnecessary as I could trace the trail up and over the summit. Back to the woods it was back to easy route finding back to the PCT.
Car to car in 1:40.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
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