Ascent of Basalt Hill on 2006-09-11

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 11, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Basalt Hill
    Elevation:1707 ft / 520 m

Ascent Trip Report

My approach was via an unsigned, gated road 1.4 miles from the visitor center at the San Luis State Recreation Area. After about a mile from the Toyota, several broad terraces of the large quarry are encountered from which huge amounts of basalt were removed for construction of the San Luis Dam. The quarry road ends and easy cross-country hiking up through high grass and crossing under two barbed wire fences leads to the Basalt Hill L.O.’s access road from the east and to the L.O. I encountered no NO TRESPASSING signs en route, but visits are not encouraged. The unstaffed L.O. tower is sheathed in metal siding with access from within rather than from exterior stairs. Communications equipment occupies much of the site. A small rocky outcrop several hundred feet away may be the true high point, although the USGS BM is placed close to the L.O.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1107 ft / 337 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Quarry road; X-C
    Trailhead:Reservoir Road  600 ft / 182 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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