Ascent of Little Blue Ridge on 2016-02-10

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Others in Party:Scott Greco -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Mike Christiansen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Little Blue Ridge
    Elevation:3120 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you've been considering doing Little Blue, now's the time to do it! This hike is now fairly easy.

Left the Bay Area at 4a and met up at 7a with Scott and Mike at the intersection of Morgan Valley and Reiff where they had arrived a couple hours earlier, having driven from Reno.

Scott's quad cab Dodge had no issue with Reiff Rd, and it seemed as though a regular passenger car could have made it with little trouble, assuming the Mud Pirate didn't sabotage the road upon return.

Looking back from the BLM trail, the trailhead has ample space for parking 2-3 vehicles.

Thanks to the bulldozed paths, burnt bush, and the excellent work of our predecessors (Milktoast, Breen, etc), navigation was simple. At 2mi, you'll come to the end of the bulldozed section. From there, keep heading NW until it intersects Little Blue Ridge Summit Rd to your west. Note: Occasionally, you'll see orange or blue ribbon flags tied to brush. My advice is to ignore these; we found them to be largely useless because they went on unnecessary detours. Bushwacking was minimal since the fire ate most of the vegetation.

Once on Little Blue Ridge Summit Rd, it's an easy stroll up and over Butte Rock, which is a 5min detour if you want to tag it.

Interestingly, the hill just past Butte Rock is higher than Butte Rock, and yet it remains nameless. So I'm just gonna call it Butte Hill.

Facing northeast from the summit of Butte Hill, you can finally see the clear path to Little Blue Ridge. Just keep following the road down and up and to the left (north). You're now <20min away!

We found no register from the summit of Little Blue. Surprisingly gorgeous views, on the other hand, were found by all of us.

We took our time heading back to the truck, making detours to Twin Sisters and to take some epic photos with a random couch I spotted off to the side. Since I had carried loppers the whole way just in case, Mike and I spent some extra time doing some trail maintenance on the "Milktoast Hwy." Yet even with these delays, we still made it back to the truck in under 4hr.

Big thanks to Scott and Mike for teaming up on this. They're both great guys, and I hope to meet up with them again soon.

Time: 4hr r/t
Cell coverage: the town of Lower Lake (12mi west of the intersection of Reiff Rd and Morgan Valley Rd) has excellent coverage. No coverage at the Reiff trailhead. 4 bars 4G (AT&T) on the ridge after the bushwack section.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2520 ft / 767 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2520 ft / 767 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1570 ft / 478 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 620 ft / 188 m; Extra: 950 ft / 289m
    Loss on way in:950 ft / 289 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:BLM #2; XC, Little Blue Ridge Summit Rd
    Start Trailhead:Reiff Rd  2500 ft / 762 m
    Time:1 Hours 58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1570 ft / 478 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 620 ft / 188 m; Extra: 950 ft / 289m
    Gain on way out:950 ft / 289 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:BLM #2; XC, Little Blue Ridge Summit Rd
    End Trailhead:Reiff Rd  2500 ft / 762 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: LittleBluePk.201602

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Butte Rock2016-02-10 a 
2Little Blue Ridge2016-02-10 b2520 ft / 768 m
Total Trip Gain: 2520 ft / 768 m    Total Trip Loss: 2520 ft / 768 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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