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Ascent of Big Dome on 2014-12-09

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Dome
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2900 ft / 883 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a schedule hike with Pat Arredondo as my co-leader. Joining us was Winnette Butler. In addition to the 6 Lower Peaks, we did Pop Top (Prov).
Driving instructions: take 101 to 23 (south). Go 7.2 miles to Mulholland Way. There is a stop sign at this point. Going straight would put you on Decker. Turn right (west) on Mulholland Way, go 0.4 miles to Little Sycamore Canyon Road. Turn right (west). Little Sycamore Canyon road becomes Yerba Buena road when you cross into Ventura County. Go 4 miles to the Misha Mokwa Trailhead. Little Sycamore Canyon road becomes Yerba Buena Road.
This was a loop hike. Starting at the trailhead, we did Sandstone Peak first, then Boney, Inspiration, Exchange, Tri Peaks, Big Dome then Pop Top coming out on the Misha Mokwa trail. Route finding for the most part is fairly easy. Sandstone, Inspiration and Tri Peaks have signed trail to their summits. Sandstone and Inspiration have plaques on them. When approaching Boney from Sandstone, you will see a ridge that looks like it will lead you to Boney. Don’t take it. You will run into a lot of brush. Instead go around a bump and you will see a use trail to the top. We put in a register on the north side of the large boulder at the summit.
Inspiration is a short walk to the summit. There is a plaque on the summit. For Exchange, there is a use trail that starts at the two water tanks. This use trail will go southwest, hugging the west side of Exchange. You will eventually come out on the plateau for Exchange. We found no register or benchmark on Exchange.
Tri Peaks is a signed use trail to the summit. There is some class 3 summit blocks on Tri Peaks. We didn’t try to climb them. We did find a benchmark on Tri Peaks. Big Dome is little more challenge. From Tri Peaks, follow a use trail that drops down, and then turns left (west). You will be following close to the back side of Tri Peaks. At one point you have to climb under some rocks. It finally comes out on a clear use trail going over one bump then on to Big Dome. From Big Dome, we went to Pop Top (Prov). On Peakbagger, Big Dome is labeled Pop Top (Prov), Pop Top is labeled Big Dome. We were not sure which was which. We just both of them. The route from Big Dome to Pop Top is not too difficult. Drop down to a saddle, find a use trail through some brush, and then work your way to the summit. There were no registers or benchmark on either of these peaks. From Pop Top, we decided to head down to the Misha Mokwa trail. This may have been a mistake. We had to push our way through a lot of brush. At times, we did find a use trail, but it wasn’t easy. If I were to do it over, I would go back to the saddle and try to find a way to the creek bed south of Pop Top. It looked clear out to the Misha Mokwa trail.
Once on the Misha Mokwa trail, it was an easy walk to the cars. This is one of my favorite hikes. The views are beautiful. It’s a good hike, but not too strenuous. A very enjoyable day.
8:00 am Depart. 2100’
9:00 am Sandstone Peak. 3111’. 1.7 miles, 1000’ gain.
9:40 am Boney. 2825’. 2.7 miles, 1165’ gain.
10:05 am Inspiration. 2800’. 3 miles, 1242’ gain
10:45 am Exchange. 2960’. 3.5 miles, 1528’ gain.
11:35 am Tri Peaks. 3010’. 4.5 miles, 1947’ gain.
12:00 pm Depart.
12:30 pm Big Dome. 2900’. 5 miles, 2150’ gain.
1:00 pm Pop Top (Prov). 2932’. 5.3 miles, 2329’ gain.
3:08 pm Car.
Totals: 8.4 miles round trip, 2685’ gain, 7 hours, 8 minut
Summary Total Data
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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