Ascent of Whitaker Peak on 2017-11-16

Climber: Coby King

Date:Thursday, November 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitaker Peak
    Elevation:4148 ft / 1264 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was unable to get to the trailhead off of the former highway 99, now signed Golden State Highway, until 3:00 p.m. and I knew from the app that sunset would be at 4:49, so I had to hoof it. And indeed I did. I made it to the place where one leaves the road to go up to the ridge at just past 1 hour in, and then was up at the summit at 1:18. I found the ridge trail pretty easy to follow, though a couple of spots were a little brushy and others might give some pause due to the exposure on the south side of the ridge. I quickly signed the register, snapped a few photos and made my way back down the ridge and dropped back down to the road a little past where I had climbed up. The climb up-and-down between the road and the ridge was definitely the most challenging part of the hike due to the extremely crumbly nature of the rock. I then quickly hiked up to the lookout site and started back down. I didn't need to turn on my headlamp until about 5:30, and it was quite dark when I reached the ridge under the 1st antenna site. I was actually startled by the lights of interstate 5, and proceeded back down to the trailhead without incident, except for a brief encounter with a skunk about a 1/2 mile before reaching my car. Track and stats for both peaks. 3:14 round trip
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Coby King
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