Ascent of Bishop Peak on 2017-02-22
|Date:||Wednesday, February 22, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1546 ft / 471 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBeautiful peak. Well maintained trails. Top has three significant peaks each with a separate saddle. There are numerous subpeaks. Most can be climbed as class 3 or 4. The tallest of all of the summit blocks is class 5. The far right block summit (eastern most) can be easily scrambled class 3 and is frequently topped with climbers. The far left blocks (western most) are more tricky and higer than the eastern block but most can be summited. I did not see anyone climb over there so there is some solitude there. There are some deep fissures and chock stones in this area to be cautious of a fall, spill, or ankle twister but great back views of the main peaks and the ocean.
The tallest peaks are in the middle of the volcanic cone. Between the western peak and the middle peak is some small pinnacles that are also nearly as tall as the summit blocks and some can be mounted more easily than others. The middle block can be accessed non technically from the backside (NE side). The south side approaches are all class 5. The tallest summit block has a parallel block next to it that is only about 3 feet lower than the true summit block. They are separated by a deep cleft some 15 feet apart. The lower summit block has a shelf that can be accessed from another cleft with one high reaching class 3+ move from the backside and then there is a class 4 backside route up the slightly lower block. With song winds this is unnerving. The top of this block is very close in elevation to the main summit block.
James Barlow gives a TR that is excellent for the main summit block (5.5 to 5.6 route) for those to prepare properly. Fortunately, Several local climbers came along and demonstrated/assisted the easiest way to climb the blocks. The locals were very helpful and credit them as guiding.
I spent an extra hour enjoying climbing on and off the many blocks from one end to the other end and thus the extra mileage and gains.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1426 ft / 434 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1426 ft / 434 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5 mi / 8 km|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb|
| Gear Used:||Guide|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1086 ft / 331 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 996 ft / 304 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m|
| Loss on way in:||90 ft / 27 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||Bishop Peak Trail |
| Start Trailhead:||Patricia TH Entrance 550 ft / 167 m|
| Loss on way out:||1336 ft / 407 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 996 ft / 304 m; Extra: 340 ft / 103m|
| Gain on way out:||340 ft / 103 m|
| Distance:||3 mi / 4.8 km|
| Route:||scrambling entire ridge them BPT coming down|
| End Trailhead:||same 550 ft / 167 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: SLO-1|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 6233 ft / 1900 m Total Trip Loss: 5975 ft / 1821 m
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