Ascent of Mount Bielawski on 2013-05-31

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Bielawski
    Elevation:3231 ft / 984 m

Ascent Trip Report

I made the visit this afternoon primarily to snap a few pictures of the fire tower on Mt. Bielawski for possible use by Richard Csrey in his comprehensive register of CA fire lookouts. No problem finding the mailboxes (#15717) 2.9 miles south of Saratoga Gap on CA 35 (Skyline Drive). I drove up the ungated road from the highway to the flat area where the L.O. tower, antennas, various buildings, and the entrance to the Christmas tree farm are located. I inspected the inactive fire tower and took several pictures. Next I started walking through the open gate and up the slight rise to another flat area, apparently used for parking during the Christmas tree season. I noted but ignored several barking dogs in a nearby fenced compound. The high point of Mt. Bielawski (aka Mt. McPherson) is located in the woods just on the westerly edge of this open area. I had a problem finding it, as I didn't spot the metal pipe or any identifying ribbons referred to by others. During my search for the HP, I was approached by an agreeable young man, Trevor, the son of the managers of the property. We chatted briefly, and when I mentioned I was having trouble locating the HP, he showed me the not too obvious benchmark embedded in stone in the ground just on the edge of the wooded area. He has met several highpointers here in search of the Santa Cruz CoHP. I noted the benchmark (no register) and tramped around a bit in the undergrowth to ensure a complete ascent. Thanking Trevor for his help, I then departed for home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:11 ft / 3 m
    Total Elevation Loss:11 ft / 3 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:11 ft / 3 m
    Route:Driveup from Skyline Drive
    Start Trailhead:3220 ft / 981 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:11 ft / 3 m
    End Trailhead:3220 ft / 981 m

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