Ascent of Butte County High Point on 2020-07-11

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 11, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Butte County High Point
    Elevation:7120 ft / 2170 m

Ascent Trip Report

From CA-32, it's a 40min 18.2mi drive to the Cold Springs Trailhead. My Hyundai Tucson SUV rental (6.5in ground clearance) felt like overkill on the dry gravel roads. A sedan could make it without much issue. It's worth mentioning that I visited on a Saturday, and just about every section of the drive I encountered other vehicles traveling on the road. Sorry, the GPX file has the drive but not the hike because I hit the power button by habit when I started the run, which normally would have turned it on - had it not already been on for the drive.

Arrived at 6:45pm after a whirlwind day of peaks. Definitely saved the best for last. I love when I get to hike sections of the PCT! What a joy. Lovely, quiet area, too.

Earlier in the day, when I grabbed a late lunch in Chico, the temp outside read 106F. So not only did I get to cruise along the PCT, but I also got to enjoy some natural A/C at a pleasant 65F in the mountains. Double awesome.

Anyway, instead of parking at Cold Springs, I parked about 200yd down the road near an overgrown jeep road that merged with the PCT.

No issues with the trail or parking. I saw one couple of PCT'ers setting up camp near the first meadow. Other than them, I had only the breeze and some neat fluorescent-looking tree moss to keep me company. No complaints there.

When I got to the second meadow at 7050ft, I just booked it cross-country towards the topo high point. The whole area at the county border is all pretty flat. Made a quick round to a few high contenders as a safe measure then headed back.

Did it as a trail run, car-to-car in about an hour, leaving plenty of time for the drive back to our temporary getaway in Elk Grove.

Would you believe me if I said I'd actually consider doing this trail again, despite the long drive? I really liked the area.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:760 ft / 231 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:Humbug Summit Rd  6500 ft / 1981 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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