Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2018-06-22

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:Sean Casserly -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, June 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Elevation:5944 ft / 1811 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is on the California Coastal Peak list. Sean and I had part of the afternoon open to climb this peak before heading up Bear Mtn the next day. Asaka chose to stay at the Bear Mtn trailhead while we climbed. We started out on the main trail, then briefly hiked on the old Doe Flat trail before leaving it for a heavily overgrown abandoned 4WD track that heads up the drainage between Twin Peaks and an unnamed peak to the west. The 4WD track, which is shown on some topo maps, became a little less overgrown as we hiked up it. Where it took a fish-hook turn to the left, we left the track and continued cross-country through tress and brush towards the peak, crossing a few ravines before finally starting a moderately steep uphill on the west side of the peak itself. In the lower half of the climb, brush and small trees had burned off in the fire that went through the area in late summer of 2017. At around the 4800 foot level, we entered the total devastation area where all tress and brush had completely burned. The fire had made climbing this peak significantly easier. No bushwhacking necessary.

Near the top is the large rocky outcropping. We headed up a short chute on the west side of the peak, followed the ridge over the top of the first twin summit, and on to the second, higher summit. All pretty much class 2 climbing by this route. Views were nice, especially of Bear Mtn which we planned to climb the following morning. There was no evidence of previous ascent by humans at the top, which isn't to say it's never been visited.

For our return, we retraced our steps off the main rocky summit area, then diverged from our uphill path and dropped down south towards Doe Flat. This went well all the way down to the old Doe Flat trail, mainly because most of the underbrush had burned off in the fire. We followed the old Doe Flat trail for a few hundred feet until we reached the area marked as "Doe Flat" on the map. Here, the trail has been totally reclaimed by the forest in just 12 years since this trail had been abandoned. After pushing through heavy brush and downed trees, we made a uphill traverse for the old 4WD track used on our ascent route. Once on the track, we retraced our outbound route back towards the cars and the trailhead. The GPS track for our return route is shown in Sean's report. I thought our outbound route was a little better overall compared to our inbound route. Sean thought the inbound route was slightly better.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2144 ft / 653 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2144 ft / 652 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1844 ft / 562 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1644 ft / 501 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:west face
    Start Trailhead:Doe Flat trailhead  4300 ft / 1310 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1944 ft / 592 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1644 ft / 501 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:west face
    End Trailhead:Doe Flat trailhead  4300 ft / 1310 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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