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Ascent of Caliente Mountain on 2016-05-20

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Caliente Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5106 ft / 1556 m

Ascent Trip Report

ever since i first researched the approaches to caliente i've always wondered why everyone takes HPS route 1, and few, if any, take HPS route 2. route 1 has a more difficult road to reach the trailhead, and it's a longer hike... HPS route 2 you could start right off of soda lake road, or you can get a mile closer if you take a side road for a bit. route 2 has more elevation, but is much less distance, coming in at under 11mi (vs. 17mi+).

in fact the only trip report i could find was a very recent ascent by a korean fellow whose blog has some great photos.

at any rate: i set out to discover why nobody takes route 2.

here's my discovery: route 2 doesn't really have a trail, you have to be comfortable finding your own way (i use locus map app on my android phone). there's a bit of mild bushwhacking: you'll have to push through trees a few dozen times going up and down while you seek out the unblocked segments. this really is mild bushwhacking though (especially compared to some other CC peaks). you'll also need to be comfortable with some steep slopes, but the ground is solid and i essentially never slipped.

i had a lot of fun. i don't mind the route finding, the occasional steep slope, or the mild bushwhacking.

the views were superb. about the only downside of this approach is you only get to look at the views to the west for the ~1mi you are actually on caliente ridge.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3477 ft / 1058 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.5 mi / 16.8 km
    Route:HPS route 2
    Trailhead:2429 ft / 740 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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