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Ascent of The Whaleback on 2006-10-11

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:The Whaleback
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8528 ft / 2599 m

Ascent Trip Report

From CA 97 16 miles north of Weed take Deer Mountain Rd past the Deer Mountain Snowmobile Park (3.8 miles), continuing right on FSR 42N12 to FSR 42N24 (5.9 miles), then steeply up to a spur road 0.1 short of a locked gate on FSR 42N24. I followed the unsigned spur road 0.5 mile and parked on the west side of The Whaleback. After a gradual climb to a broad gap on the easily followed jeep road, I headed up through the trees over steepening but soft terrain to the summit ridge, then walked a short way to the high point. The view of Mt. Shasta's north side was dominant. There were several familiar names in the register, but relatively few people visit this easy peak. My route was 1+ mile from the 4Runner with about 1,000' of gain. The first register entry was by a 15-year old boy in 1984. Bill "Bighorn" Broeckel with his 3-year old daughter signed in on 8-31-90. Bill, from Yreka, was the second person after Gary Suttle to complete the CA CoHP list.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Good, very clear



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