Ascent of Black Lassic on 2006-10-21

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Black Lassic
    Elevation:5916 ft / 1803 m

Ascent Trip Report

Leaving U. S. 101 at Garberville, I drove the Alderpoint Rd to Alderpoint, then connected across the Eel River with the Zenia Rd, climbing 2,500' to the small community of Zenia. From here I followed the Zenia-Ruth Rd for 2.7 miles, then turned left on FSR 2S08, continuing past Watts Lake Camoground to FSR 1S07, which veers right towards the Lassics area. Within short distances of the road are three Lassics: Black Lassic, Red Lassic, and Signal Peak (aka Mt. Lassic). Black Lassic, which looks like an extinct volcano, is the most distinctive o the three It is composed not of volcanic material, but rather black mudstone and sandstone. It drops precipitously on the east side, but is surprisingly easy to ascend from the road on the west. An unsigned spur road in 0.2 miles leads to an informal camping area with ample parking. From here a Jeep/ATV path leads to a saddle from which the peak comes into view and is quickly ascended in less than 30 minutes over good terrain with under 500' of gain. Though fairly remote, Black Lassic is frequently visited judging from the number of entries in the register book. After hiking to Signal Peak across the road, I continued north downhill on FSR 1S07 to Van Duzen Rd, which I followed along the Van Duzen River to Mad River and CA 36.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Good, some haze, shirtsleeve weather

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