Ascent of Bishop Peak on 2015-05-04

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:David Sanger
Kathy Rich
Date:Monday, May 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Bishop Peak
    Elevation:1546 ft / 471 m

Ascent Trip Report

Came back a second time for this peak, but this time with climbing friends and a rope. We started at the trailhead off Patricia Drive and hiked up the standard trail to the summit ridge where the official trail ends. If a member of the Hundred/Lower Peaks Section, this is all you have to do to claim a successful summit climb. This is what I did the first time I visited the peak. However, a use trail through brush and over large boulders goes about 150 feet NW to the base of the massive summit boulders, the highest of which is rated class 5.6 and is 30 feet high. The smooth east face of this summit boulder has 4 evenly spaced hangers leading up to the top. I led the climb, but with hangers about every 8 feet in which to slap in a quick-draw, it didn't feel like I could get into too much trouble. Although 5.6 is close to the limit of my climbing abilities, this was a fun little climb to finally reach the true summit of Bishop Peak. On top are two hangers with short chains and old-style biners attached. After some initial problems with getting the slings long enough on the anchors to go over the top of the boulder and avoid rope friction, I came down and Kathy and David took their turns climbing up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1196 ft / 364 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:Bishop Pk trail
    Trailhead:Patricia Dr. Trailhead  350 ft / 106 m
    Grade/Class:Class 5.6
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:

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