Ascent of Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak on 2015-03-31

Climber: Brian McCarty

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my second CO. HP of the day. Maps show a 4x4 road to the top of Cobb. I tried to get access from Sawmill Rd off Bottle Rock Rd. This is gated with a guard because it is leased/owned by a Geothermal plant. High Valley Rd I was told is also gated. You can drive to the top with a 4x4 if you could get access.

As stated in other post I parked at the very end of Pinewood Way by the gate in Whispering Pines, CA. Go around the gate that says not tresspassing and continue up the unmaintained road. Not far from the gate the road splits. Stay on the right going uphill. From then on always take the left fork in the road until you reach the second set of towers, middle peak of Cobb. The high point of Cobb is South of the towers. From the towers head generally SSW down the unmaintained Rd until it heads downhill to the saddle to SW peak. As described in earlier post some bushwhacking is required. There is still a brush pile on the saddle. I found the North end the easiest to go around. The unmaintained road goes to the top of the peak. When near the top go a little NW west and find the glass jar/register at the stump with a pile of rocks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1505 ft / 458 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1505 ft / 458 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1505 ft / 458 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Pinewood Way  2975 ft / 906 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1505 ft / 458 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    End Trailhead:2975 ft / 906 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Cobb SW

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cobb Mountain2015-03-31 b 
2Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak2015-03-31 c1505 ft / 459 m
Total Trip Gain: 1505 ft / 459 m    Total Trip Loss: 1505 ft / 459 m

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