Ascent of Bally Peak on 2016-04-07
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, April 7, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2288 ft / 697 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the Redbud Trailhead, I drove one minute up Route 20 to the call box and parked on the north shoulder. I crossed the road and walked through a barbed wire fence whose wires were down, possibly charred or melted. Among the tall weeds was a BLM trail sign pointing uphill. I followed the grassy former road at a moderate grade uphill. Patches of wildflowers were in bloom along the track.
After about 1.5 miles I reached a saddle with the main summit, which was burned to a crisp in the 2015 Rocky Fire. I went straight up the steep slope to the summit area, which was grassy and had a few surviving trees. I left a summit register under a pile of twigs at the base of a tree near the highest point. On the way down, I took the less steep road from the summit. I would have taken it on the way up too if I had known it continued to the summit.
The trip was 3.5 miles and took about 90 minutes.
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