Ascent of Althouse Mountain on 2011-09-02
|Date:||Friday, September 2, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6318 ft / 1925 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Althouse Mtn from Happy Camp Road that serves as a back road shortcut between Hwy 199 and Hwy 96. It is paved, but closed in winter. I came up from the Illinois Valley side and took the gravel side road 4812 towards Bolan Lake. Zero your odometer and at 1.8 mile take the right fork, at 4.2 miles turn right on road 041. At 6.8 miles I parked along the road at elevation 5,650 ft.
There is no trail, so I headed west up the forested slope. Once under the forest canopy, there is no brush and the hiking is easy. I saw a couple deer hiding under the trees. I hiked through the forest, gaining a couple hundred feet of elevation to a talus covered slope that leads up to the summit. It was easy rock hopping on the talus up to the summit. There are some rocky outcroppings that would present climbing problems, but they are easily avoided.
Great views of from the summit to Mt Shasta, Mt McLoughlin, Preston Peak, and the nearby Bolan Mtn Fire Lookout. It is manned and I waved at the occupant.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||628 ft / 191 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.5 km|
| Route:||East Side|
| Trailhead:||5690 ft / 1734 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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