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Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2014-04-22

Climber: John Palka

Others in Party:Kerry Banke
Date:Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5350 ft / 1630 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the trip from Cottonwood Campground Site 17 in Campground Loop B and followed DPS Route B. The Route B description says that once in the large canyon bear right at a gully at the 4200 foot level. If there is a gully at this level it is not obvious. I did bear right around the 4200 foot level and that section is doable, but there is a lot of loose rock. We continued up a ridge until we reach a saddle at 5040 feet. From the saddle the summit is visible, but good navigation and route selection is required. It's a great section of the hike...complete with a few low-growing trees. On the way back, at the 5040 saddle, we went down the canyon more to the right as we faced down. There was a single duck that led us to an on-and-off (mostly off) use-trail. This was a good way down.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant
Beautiful day, high of about 76 degrees with a good breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 



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