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Ascent of Capital Rock on 1996-05-10

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, May 10, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Capital Rock
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1806 m / 5927 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The name most likely comes from the shape of the peak which when viewed from the south has a large, rounded dome rock which is topped by another rock structure and resembles a capitol dome.

The mountain is located in the Hot Springs Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. No permits are needed for hiking to the summit. A permit is required for a campfire. The Hot Springs Ranger District office is at: Route 4, Box 458, California Hot Springs, CA. 93207 Tele.: (805) 548-6503. The office is not open weekends.

To reach the mountain from Kernville, drive north along the Kern River for 19.4 miles and turn west at the junction with the road to Sherman Pass. Drive west about 3.6 miles toward the site of Johnsondale. On your right, just as you approach Johnsondale, look for an unmarked dirt road heading steeply up a slope. With a 4WD vehicle you can drive this for about 0.1 miles to a sloping turn-around spot. Parking is very limited here and it may be best to find a spot along the highway and hike from there. UTM at the 0.1 mile point is: 362460E, 3981630N (NAD27). If you miss this road then continue on past Johnsondale to the junction with forest road 22S82 on your right and go back 1.3 miles. Start the hike NE up the old road which soon fades into a path which goes by a power line pole. Stay on the path which curves north to point 5370 ft. shown on the map SE of the peak. From here stay on the clipped path through the bush and trees which was marked by yellow and pink ribbons. The trail ascends up to the north side and then to the top. The summit has a Forest Service benchmark dated 1954. The hike is about 1.2 miles one-way with an elevation gain of 1200 ft. and takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. 5/96 RLC
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