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Ascent of Weldon Peak on 1994-04-03

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, April 3, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Weldon Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6360 ft / 1938 m

Ascent Trip Report

Most of section 2 on which the peak is located is Bureau of Land Management property. The usual hiking approach from the north on the Pacific Crest Trail is on an easement through private property.

This peak is less than a half mile east of the PCT which is the best approach for reaching the summit. Start on the PCT to the north of the mountain where it crosses Jawbone Canyon Road. Take Jawbone Canyon Road south from Piute Mountain Road in the small settlement of Claraville. Travel 5.0 mi. south on Jawbone Canyon Road (route 589) to the PCT crossing which is marked by a sign. Note that Claraville is not shown on the Auto Club map, but is shown on the Sequoia National Forest map. This junction can also be reached by coming up the Geringer Grade 8.2 mi. from Kelso Valley Road , but this is very steep and 4WD is suggested for this route. Start the hike south on the PCT which is very pretty and well marked in this area. The trail will join up with a dirt road in about a mile and follows this down sharp switchbacks to an old sign "Bear Creek Ranch". The trail leaves the road here to the left of a gate and goes gradually up the wooded slopes. After about 200 ft. head left off the trail up a ravine to the mountain top. The rock pinnacle that is the summit is to the east of the main north-south ridge. The register is up in the rocks below the top. This section of the PCT was rerouted from its path in Jawbone Canyon so it is not in the book "The Pacific Crest Trail", Vol. 1, 4th ed., by Schaffer, Schifrin, Winnett, and Jenkins.
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