Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2011-11-08
|Others in Party:||Bob Packard|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 8, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6920 ft / 2109 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter a tough 2 weeks of peak bagging, Bob Packard and I decided we wanted to take it easy and look at investment property in California. We thought Bear Valley Springs would be a nice place to explore near Tehachapi. We arranged to meet in Tehachapi and I arrived about 20 minutes early, so I called Bear Valley Springs Realty and asked if my step-dad and I could come up to the private development and look at vacant lots the next day. No problem, they would prepare a packet and notify the guard at the gate to let us in. Bob showed up exactly on time and we drove to the local K Mart where we car camped for the night.
The next morning we took my truck and drove up to Bear Valley Springs. The guard gave us a pass for the window and we drove in to the development and picked up our information packet at the realty office. I asked Bob which lots he wanted to look at and he suggested we start at the top and work our way down. We drove up to the far end of Paramount Drive and parked. I suggested since we were so close to the summit, we should hike out there just to warm up. It was quite cold and there was about 6" of snow on the ground.
We hiked out the road to the radio tower and then continued cross country to the first contour that may be the summit of Bear Mtn. It is a small pile of rocks and so we continued west. The next 2 contours are next to one another but the south one is clearly higher. Bob used some of his Indian ticks to get to the summit by using a 12 ft tree trunk and a rope to ascend about 20 ft up a snow ans ice covered boulder. The next cllosed contour to the west was another grouping of large boulders where we had to use a rope to get on top of the boulder and then a tree branch belay to get to the highest point. Bob and I think that one of the 2 boulder climbs is the highest point on Bear Mtn. No views because of the forest.
We returned to oour truck and drove down. This is a nice area, but we found no vacant lot that met our interest.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||600 ft / 183 m|
| Distance:||2.5 mi / 4 km|
| Route:||East Ridge|
| Trailhead:||6320 ft / 1926 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Rope|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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