Ascent of Caliente Mountain on 2015-02-14

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Dave Covill
James Graham
Date:Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Caliente Mountain
    Elevation:5106 ft / 1556 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used mountain bikes for the first 7.8 miles of this trip, to the false summit at 5082 feet. The remaining 0.8 miles was on foot--we had been pushing our bikes on most of the uphills and we saw no point of dropping down into the last saddle just to push them back up.

This is a great mountain biking peak--the road is wide and easy until the run-down shack, and after that the route is on easy pseudo-singletrack. There is lots of rolling up and down but steep sections are rare. The main issue is that sections can be sandy and hard to bike though, especially closer to the summit. I pushed my bike up a good percentage of the uphill sections on the way to the peak, but even with my limited biking skill I was able to pedal 90% of the way back.

The main summit is unlike the rolling bumps traversed initially--it has some nice open rock slabs and feels slightly alpine. Views are expansive. For us, it was pretty hot for a mid-winter outing, but the recent rains made the landscape of the area uncharacteristically green.

We only saw one other party this day, a single guy who biked to the summit and back. The road to the trailhead is very steep, narrow, and harrowing, but most sturdy passenger cars could make it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2156 ft / 656 m
    Extra Gain:480 ft / 146 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.2 mi / 27.7 km
    Route:Caliente Rd
    Trailhead:Caliente Ridge TH  3910 ft / 1191 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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