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Ascent of Reyes Peak on 2020-08-02

Climber: Chris Gordon

Date:Sunday, August 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reyes Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7514 ft / 2290 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did an out and back trip to visit Reyes Peak and Haddock Mountain. Started at the Reyes Peak Trailhead. Arrived early in the morning. Several cars there, but I saw no one. I suspect that the cars were all for backpackers. Nice trailhead area. A clean looking pit-toilet and new signs.

After about 1/4 a mile, you reach what is now a three-fork intersection. The left trail continues on directly to Haddock Mountain. The middle trail (really a use trail but it is so worn now that it looks like a maintained trail) is the trail to Reyes Peak. The trail on the right is a former road bed that wraps around the south side of Reyes where according to the map, it just peters out. There are new signs in this area which help with the route finding. I took the middle trail to Reyes, which starts steep and then flattens a bit. It takes you right to the summit. There is a benchmark and an ammo box with a register.

On to Haddock. Previous trip reports stated that there was no use trail continuing on the east ridge from Reyes back to the main trail toward Haddock, but this is not the case. There was a very obvious use trail that I found. It faded in a few spots briefly, but it was easy to follow. If you have a general sense of which direction you want to travel, it should be no problem (unless covered in snow). Even then, not difficult to tell which direction to travel and the forest is very open. When in doubt, just head north down the slope and you can't not run into the trail.

Once you reach the main trail again, very easy to follow all the way to Haddock. Then just take the main trail all the way back to the Trailhead.

Total Round-trip Reyes and Haddock: 3 hours 5 minutes
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Sunny, warm
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Reyes Peak Trail  
Descent Statistics



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