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Ascent of Big Pine Mountain on 1988-04-30

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:See Madulce TR
Date:Saturday, April 30, 1988
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Pine Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6800 ft / 2072 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a cold, windy night at Madulce Saddle we left camp at 7:35A for our two peaks of the day, continuing on the Big Pine Rd. By the time we had dropped down about 600' to the divide between Alamar Canyon and the Sisquoc River,site of the old Alamar Station. the foggy cloud above us had disappeared and we continued in sparkling, sunny weather, although it was still brisk and breezy. In another 2 miles we left Big Pine Rd for the old jeep trail on the left that leads to the broad summit area of forested Big Pine Mountain (9:45A). No view from Santa Barbara County's HP. After a short break we hiked via a Frank Goodykoontz shortcut over to the Mission Pne Tr and the real culmination of our trip, the more interesting West Big Pine Mountain (11:00A). The view was superior on this particularly clear day, taking in the Channel Islands, the Big Three, the Sisquoc country, McPherson Peak, Cuyama Peak, and the Mt. Pinos area. Back at the Madulce Saddle by 2:30P, we moved on down to spend our second night, again windy with freezing temperature, at Chokecherry Spring (5,500').

I had touted Big Pine Mountain as my 100th HPS peak, but shortly after the trip I was reviewing my HPS peaks and found that I had forgotten about several peaks years ago. So it turns out that Rabbit Peak #1 was my 100th HPS peak and Big Pine Mountain is instead my 107th.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 547 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2500 ft / 761 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 600 ft / 183 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Route:Big Pine Rd, old jeep road
    Start Trailhead:Madulce Saddle  6200 ft / 1889 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1900 ft / 579 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1300 ft / 396 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Route:Big Pine Rd
    End Trailhead:Chokecherry Spring  5500 ft / 1676 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Four-Santa Barbara County (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Madulce Peak1988-04-29 a3036 ft / 925 m
3Big Pine Mountain1988-04-30 b1800 ft / 549 m
3Big Pine Mountain-West Peak1988-04-30 c1490 ft / 454 m
4Samon Peak1988-05-01 d1227 ft / 374 m
Total Trip Gain: 7553 ft / 2302 m    Total Trip Loss: 8413 ft / 2564 m



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