Ascent of Willow Creek Mountain 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:Willow Creek Mountain
    Elevation:7829 ft / 2386 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Weed turn off CA 97 onto Ball Mountain Rd (NFR 70), just beyond the Tennant turnoff and before the Mt. Hebron summit. The dirt road becomes paved in 6.3 miles at a 4-way intersection. Continuing around Ball Mountain and approx. 13 miles from CA 97, turn off for Willow Creek Mountain. A sign here reads "Willow Creek Mountain--5 miles." At 1.7 miles FSR 16N12 continues straight to the Martin Dairy Campground, and Willow Creek Mountain Rd (now FSR 16N11) branches right up the mountain, gaining altitude in several long switchbacks. After 5.9 miles and a rough, rocky stretch, the road levels off briefly before starting to descend gently. After parking on the level, I headed cross-country uphill through the forest to the open summit ridge of Willow Creek Mountain. The cairn, register and USGS benchmark were at the westerly end of the ridge, about 1/4 mile from where I met the easterly end on my way up. The cairn is not at the HP, which I judge to be one of the several higher appearing rock outcrops along the ridge and which I climbed just to make sure I had bagged the peak. On my return along the ridge I came across an upright fence post in an open, grassy spot which could be a contender for the HP. Great views of the Shasta Valley, Gooseneck, and, of course,glorious Mt. Shasta. RT distance of under 3 miles; elevation gain of about 500'. Back at the Toyota I then returned to Ball Mountain Rd (NFR 70-FSR 46N10) to drive westerly down to Montague via NFR 3, Yreka, and I-5.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Sunny, clear, shirtsleeve weather

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