Ascent of Bald Eagle Mountain on 2006-08-07

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 7, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bald Eagle Mountain
    Elevation:7183 ft / 2189 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Bucks Lake Rd take Bucklin Rd along the west shore of Bucks Lake for 4.2 miles to the entrance to Mill Creek CG, The dirt road for Bald Eagle Peak starts here. It is reasonably good for 2.4 miles to the Mill Creek Trail crossing. From here it becomes rougher, and the correct route is hard to guess in a couple of spots owing to confusion caused by logging activity. From the trail crossing keep left for approx. 0.8 mile to a clearing on the right to a campsite and a "No Swimming" sign posted on a tree. Bypass this spot, keeping left and uphill a short distance, then taking a right fork in the road and descending a few yards down to a stream crossing. Uncertain of road conditions ahead, I elected to park here, as did Richard Carey and Gail Hanna in 2004. The road---24N89X--continues to the peak in about 3.7 miles, according to Richard Carey, with an elevation gain of approx. 1,300' It is a pleasant walk through the forest along the old road, although there are no scenic points of interest. The road advances slowly along the bottom of a ridge before climbing to the ridge line in several switchbacks, The final stretch follows the ridge straight to the open summit. Several fallen trees en route prevent a drive-up, at least at this time. Without the fallen trees, a 4WD is suggested in driving to the top. Besides being a 2KP peak, Bald Eagle Peak is the site of a former L.O. and is the highest point in the Bucks Lake vicinity. Richard's "nesting red cans" register was easy to spot, as was a geocache nearby below the rocky summit area. Unfortunately, the summit is marred by a weathered green boxlike structure. Good views of the deep, extensive drainage of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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