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Ascent of Shadequarter Lookout on 2011-06-25

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Forrest Cooper (owner of much of Shadequarter Mountain)
Kathy (Ball) and Brian Allison and Buck Rock L.O. volunteers
Date:Saturday, June 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Shadequarter Lookout
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4360 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

My approach was from CA 198 via the Dunlap Rd, through Miramonte to Badger, Dry Creek Dr, Stagecoach Rd, and Eshom Valley Rd to the meeting place. Kathy Ball Allison had arranged for Buck Rock L.O. volunteers to visit Shadequarter L.O. today. Forrest Cooper is the owner of 4,000 acres on Shadequarter Mountain, on top of which is the Calfire L.O. Mr. Cooper, who is a longtime resident near the gated entry point for the L. O on Eshom Valley, is a very friendly character who could be out of central casting was most cordial in receiving us. He lead our group in 7 or 8 vehicles 4.7 miles of good but dusty dirt road through his property to the L.O. The summit is relatively flat; so there was no parking problem for all the vehicles. Extensive panoramic views, particularly to the east toward the Sierra: Black and Red Kaweahs, Mt. Eisen, Alta Peak, as well as others below the snow line like Big and Little Baldy, and Moro Rock. The L.O. has not been staffed regularly since the mid-1980s but is in reasonably good condition and had no problem accomodating our group as we shuffled around the cab on the catwalk taking it all in. After returning from the L.O. we drove a short distance to eat lunch in the lovely, very secluded Eshom Valley Cemetery, amid the gravestones in the old section that date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Drive-up
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Ideal, very good visibility, lots of sunshine
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Drive-up
Descent Statistics



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