Ascent of South Johnson Hill on 2015-11-03

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Vicky and Samantha Baxter
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Johnson Hill
    Elevation:1398 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

All previous reports are very good. We were the only car (a Tuesday) in the parking area. The first backroad junction reminded me so much of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" that I stopped there to download it onto my iPad and read it:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

And yellow it was! Most leaf fall was long gone, in October, but here the woods were breath-takeningly yellow. For a drought-stricken Californian it was gloriously beautiful.
We turned left up the hill, went to the smaller Jeep-road type road, worried about ticks and poison ivy (saw neither), followed Mike Schwartz' advice to stick to the road to the highest ground.
Here my advice alters. Go down the slight downslope about 50 feet or so. Then your bushwacking will be minimal. I used my iPad's Topo map to go right to the cairn at the presumed HP. Looking around I saw nothing higher.
No benchmark. No register. No view at all. Yet still a pleasant walk in the woods - 95% on forest roads, then a very easy brief bushwack. Very, very, enjoyable!
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:Forest reserve parking lot.  
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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