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Ascent of Bally Peak on 2016-04-07

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bally Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2288 ft / 697 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 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.

Photos
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The charred summit slope of Bally Peak after the 2015 Rocky Fire (2016-04-07). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1288 ft / 392 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1288 ft / 392 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1288 ft / 392 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Route 20  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1288 ft / 392 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    End Trailhead:Route 20  1000 ft / 304 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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