Ascent of Blue Diamond Hill on 2011-10-27

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Bill Siegal
Date:Thursday, October 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Diamond Hill
    Elevation:4950 ft / 1508 m

Ascent Trip Report

NOTE: Do not follow attached GPS track (see below for reasons)

There was a great trail leading from the corral out toward the vicinity of the highest point on the topo (4956'). Specifically the trail went to the old road (out of use for quite some time) near the point marked 4470. That said, where the topo lists point 4956' is now just a crater. After checking another apparent high point, we went over the point marked 4950' and that is now the high point (though my Garmin map listed it as 4931' in its Points of Interest list). Thus the route up was very convoluted.

On the way down, we were taking what appeared to be a good trail until it ended at the sharp end of a ridge. Fortunately we were able to find a class 3-4 route down the west side to reach a trail in that gully, but I wouldn't recommend that route either. I guess I need to re-visit this hill to find a better route!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 463 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1520 ft / 462 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1470 ft / 448 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1270 ft / 387 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Ridge S of corral
    Start Trailhead:Hwy 159 @ Stables entrance  3680 ft / 1121 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1320 ft / 402 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1270 ft / 387 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Valley S of corral
    End Trailhead:Hwy 159 @ Stables entrance  3680 ft / 1121 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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