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Ascent of Butte County High Point on 2020-06-16

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butte County High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7120 ft / 2170 m

Ascent Trip Report

This 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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