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Ascent of Bald Eagle Peak on 1996-05-12

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, May 12, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Eagle Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6181 ft / 1883 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named because there were once numerous sightings of Bald Eagles near the summit. First cited on the USGS topo of 1900. (Quirarte)

The mountain is located in the Green Horn Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. No permits are needed in the area except for campfires. The Green Horn Ranger District office is at: 15701Hwy. 178, Box 6129, Bakersfield, CA. 93386-6129 Tele.: (805) 871-2223

To reach the mountain from the town of Bodfish south of Lake Isabella, take the Caliente-Bodfish Road which climbs steadily in a series of switchbacks to a pass at about 2.8 miles. At the pass turn left (E) onto the dirt Piute Mountain Road. This is a good, but narrow dirt road which climbs up the mountain. Follow this road for about 5.6 miles and park at a high saddle with good views which has small pullouts on both sides of the road. UTM here is: 366870E, 3933770N (NAD27). Bald Eagle peak is visible to the NW beyond an intermediate hill. Start the hike heading NW on a clipped use trail through the brush. The trail has some parallel routes, but it seems best to stay close to the top of the ridgeline. Go over the hill shown as 6120 ft. on the map and descend five contours (about 200 ft.) to a saddle and then up through the rock face. The ducked route is on the north side directly up from the saddle. There are a couple of moderate scrambles up the boulders before reaching the top. The route is about 3/4 mile with a gain of about 350 ft. to the summit. Allow about 45 minutes for both the ascent and the return because of elevation gains both ways. 5/96 RLC
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