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Ascent to Bully Choop Mountain-40.55664,-122.74664 on 2017-05-25

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Point Reached:Bully Choop Mountain - 40.55664,-122.74664
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5892 ft / 1795 m
    Remaining Elevation:1083 ft / 330 m (49% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

The ranger at the Whiskeytown NRA Visitor Center said the East County Line Rd was open. It is open through the NRA, but blocked by snow before BM 5005. I parked 3/4mi short of my goal. That should melt soon, but it will be a while before you can drive much farther than the turnoff for Paradise Pk because of much deeper snow. The road appears to get regular grading, but not since the hard winter. Mostly very good, but some occasional ruts demand 4WD HC.
I walked along the road now expecting a 10-mi round trip, and not knowing what snow I'd have to cross along the way. Still, I didn't think I'd need the crampons and ice axe I'd left at home. But I did. A 10+ foot deep and steep bank of snow across the road at Indian Creek blocked my way. A slip meant a 100ft steep slide down into boulders, with no runout. I couldn't see the bottom, and the top was way up and very brushy. Proper equipment I'd feel safe; bare boots definitely not.
On my return, I thought I'd try for a consolation with the gated road up Paradise Pk. It was also blocked by snow, forcing bypasses that were initially manageable. But after fighting through twigs and downfall a few times, and only half way up, and the afternoon getting late, I turned around. Of course when I got home and looked at it on Google Earth, I might have been past the worst, and the ridgetop over to Bully Choop may have been clear.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1409 ft / 429 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1409 ft / 428 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1139 ft / 347 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 999 ft / 304 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:E County Line Rd
    Start Trailhead:40.57992,-122.71951  4893 ft / 1491 m
    Time:1 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1269 ft / 386 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 999 ft / 304 m; Extra: 270 ft / 82m
    Gain on way out:270 ft / 82 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:E County Line Rd
    End Trailhead:40.57992,-122.71951  4893 ft / 1491 m
    Time:1 Hours 26 Minutes



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