Ascent of Crandall Peak on 2021-05-01

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Saturday, May 1, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crandall Peak
    Elevation:5449 ft / 1660 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started this one from Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area, operated by PG&E. There were at least a dozen cars at the lot, mostly for fishing or other water activities. We wanted to make a loop, and decided to start on the east side of the lake, following a very nice but gentle dirt road for a few miles until it was time time to cross the south fork of the Stanislaus River. That was moderately difficult, with very slippery rocks completely covering the bottom and the water moving at a good clip and consistently knee height.

We used large sticks to help us balance, which was really a necessity given the slippery rocks and current. It was easy enough just going slow. Once on the other side we made our way to a dirt road which connected to some of the OHV dirt roads higher up. It did not appear that the area was open yet, with downfall frequently covering the road and no vehicles were heard or seen on the day.

We connected trails to make it to the summit, where the slab from the old lookout remains. We found the locations of the benchmark and a Reference Marker, but all that was left were the circular indentations, the drilled hole and some glue. We decided to take a different trail down, this one was a single track and very nice as it followed the ridgeline for several miles. This led along some scenic crags and was much better than our ascent route. We made it down to the Reservoir via trails and then had to walk along the sandy shores to the pedestrian crossing on top of the dam. Water stains on rocks and on trees showed that at least at some point the Reservoir has been much deeper, and in fact or return track would have to be elevated in such a year.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1825 ft / 556 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1825 ft / 556 m
    Distance:14.1 mi / 22.7 km
    Start Trailhead:3624 ft / 1104 m
    Time:6 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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