Ascent of Sonoma Peak on 2011-08-26

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, August 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sonoma Peak
    Elevation:9396 ft / 2863 m

Ascent Trip Report

I chose the Pole Canyon option for climbing Sonoma Peak. I approached from the town of Golconda at exit 194 from I-80. Zero your odometer and proceed to the south side of I-80 where the road "T's". Go left on the nice gravel road for 1.7 miles and turn right on another nice gravel road. At 2.8 miles take the left fork off the nice road onto a less nice road. This route gets steadily worse has brush and don't even think of driving back here if the road is wet. At 3.1 miles go straight under the power lines, at 4.6 turn left, at 5.0 take the left fork, at 7.6 miles cross a shallow live creek, at 8.7 miles I stopped right before a grove of aspens at about 6,600 ft elevation and car camped for the night.

In the morning I hiked from where I car camped, but could have driven another .6 miles up to 7,100 ft elevation where the 4WD road ends. From the end of the road follow the ridge straight up the ridge, first following the ATV track, then the cow trail through the short brush, then follow the rocky ridgeline up. The big rock outcropping ahead is at about 8,600 ft and I went directly over the top of it. Once on top of that rock outcropping you can see the summit ahead. I stayed to the climbers left of the remaining rock obstacles and climbed the steep slope up to the summit. Great views from the summit. I could not find a summit register, so I left one that Dean had left with me. I didn't have a container, so I put it in a couple of zip lock freezer bags.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2730 ft / 832 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:North Ridge Pole Cyn
    Trailhead:6666 ft / 2031 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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