Ascent of Craggy Mountain on 2011-06-22

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craggy Mountain
    Elevation:5558 ft / 1694 m

Ascent Trip Report

Craggy Mountain is on a spur road from the Walker/Yreka road. The last 2 miles is rough and brushy, but I got up to the end of the road at a saddle at about 5300 ft. From where I parked I could see the high point across a drainage. There are lots of large boulders along the ridge line at the summit area. I tried to determine which one may be higher from the parking area and also while I was hiking over to the high point.

I identified two possibilities for the high point. One was a twin narrow spire structure and then to its right a blocky tower. I hiked and as I got close, I found that the summit rocks were protected by brush. I bashed from the top of the ridge down a little to my right or north side until I saw a Class 3 route up towards the twin narrow spires. I climbed up about 30 ft to the twin spires and touched the tops of these spires (no I did not stand on them) and I could not tell if the spires were higher than the blocky tower about 40 ft west. I made my was across the narrow rocky bridge between the spires and the tower and found myself in a little cove under the 2 large boulders that formed the blocky tower. I couldn't find a way up to the high point from the cove, so I ventured out to my left or south onto an exposed rock. From there I could see that if I continued across a gap, I could go up a little and may be able to climb onto a 3rd rock. I kept going and from the 3rd rock found a way up a couple more boulders until I could then get on top of the highest boulder and sigt on it. Great views from the summit. I think this last part of the climb was low Class 5 and I was risking a 30-40 ft fall. Nice scramble to finish a nice day hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:553 ft / 169 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:5005 ft / 1525 m
    Grade/Class:Low Class 5
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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