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Ascent of Samon Peak on 1988-05-01

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:See Madulce Peak TR
Date:Sunday, May 1, 1988
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Samon Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6227 ft / 1897 m

Ascent Trip Report

See Madulce Peak TR for trip details


By 7:15A on May 1 we were ready for the 3-mile ascent of Samon Peak, scrambling up the steep draw above Chokecherry Spring that leads to a meadow and ridge that connects with the N-S brush-covered ridge at whose northern end Samon Peak is located. Many of us were armed with clippers or lopers to clear out the considerable overgrowth as we progressed along the route. On top by 10:30A. More great views. Noted with interest the original register placed in 1950 led by Sam Fink and which included my good friend Freda Walbrecht. Back at Chokecherry Spring by 1:30P after descending very carefully in small groups down the final steep slope to avoid potentially serious rockfall. We hiked back to the TH at our own pace in gorgeous weather, and by 5:30P this very successful trip to the Big Four was over. Stats: 46 miles, 9,800' elevation
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1227 ft / 373 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3387 ft / 1032 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.5 mi / 25 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:727 ft / 221 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Bushwhack, unmaintained trail
    Start Trailhead:Chokecherry Spring  5500 ft / 1676 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3387 ft / 1032 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2887 ft / 879 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route:Bushwhack, Big Pine Rd
    End Trailhead:Willow Camp TH  3340 ft / 1018 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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