Ascent of Middle Peak on 2016-12-07

Climber: Coby King

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Middle Peak
    Elevation:5883 ft / 1793 m

Ascent Trip Report

There have been lots of complaints about brush on this peak that has grown in since the Cedar Fire. They are justifiable. However, see my track for both what to do and what not to do. What to do: follow the Middle Peak Fire Road, recently regraded and signed to a point nearly due north of the peak. There I found a downed log that had placed on it a couple of disks of cut log. Immediately off the road was a small cairn. I easily found a relatively open path, marked periodically by seedlings (mostly pine and occasionally incense-cedar) marked by six-inch black nets, apparently planted by state park foresters. About halfway to the peak, I encountered a large rock pile, which I climbed up to get a better look. It looked impenetrable from there, because it was. I climbed back down from the pile and to the left found the path. From here to the peak I was able to follow a very brushy path. (I was wearing a hardshell and gloves and the temps were in the 40s, which made it bearable.) Some parts were relatively open, and large sections were barely passable, but they were absolutely passable. I found the register and nearby a largish cairn on which looked like a possible actual highpont.

As to what not to do, my track makes that clear as well. I headed down the peak in a more northeasterly direction, again following seedling paths. However, each of these seemed to peter out or turn back uphill. After some frustrating wandering and thrashing, I eventually found some downed trees that allowed me to find my way back to the road.

For now, the peak is doable, but the "path" really needs some major clipping.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1229 ft / 374 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1229 ft / 374 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Start Trailhead:4654 ft / 1418 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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