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Ascent of Big Pine Mountain-West Peak on 2012-10-20

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Pine Mountain-West Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6490 ft / 1978 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a long day... 3 of the "Big 4" in one day from the normal trailhead in Alamo Canyon off of Santa Barbara Canyon. Saw 1 bear on the road south of Chokecherry Spring on the way up and another smaller bear in nearly the same spot on the way down. Must be a good place for berries. First up for the day was Big Pine. I rode the mountain bike from the trailhead all the way to the overgrown road leading the last 0.7 mi to the summit. I made the short walk to the top and got a few decent pictures. Lots of up and down on the dirt road, but at no point did I need to walk and push the bike. Once on top, I didn't really look too hard for the register, so maybe I missed it or it's gone. I made my way back to the bike and headed for West Big Pine. The road turns to a trail at the Wilderness boundary, and this trail leads right to the summit of West Big Pine. I was curious as to why West Big Pine is on the HPS list. It's not much of a peak as far as prominence is concerned, but once on top, I realized why. The views are among the best of any peak in the area, certainly better than Big Pine, and still probably a little better than Madulce. The sheer drop off is also quite nice. The register on top of West Big Pine was easy to locate and I dutifully signed in. From here, I made my way back past the turnoff to the Big Pine summit and enjoyed one of the best sections of downhill of the entire day, from Big Pine Mtn to Alamar Saddle. This was followed by the toughest uphill of the day, from Alamar Saddle to Madulce Saddle. At the Madulce Saddle, I ditched the bike in the bushes just above where the trail heads for Madulce Peak. The first mile of the trail to Madulce is great, thanks in part to Bill Simpson & crew, who recently did some trail work in this area. After the trail split at 1 mile, the trail pretty much sucks all the way to the summit of Madulce. I got off trail a bit just before the summit, so if you are using my GPS track, follow the downhill track. The walk up and back on Madulce took quite a bit longer than I thought and really wiped me out (surely it wasn't the 29 miles of biking I had already put in). I was also running low on both food and water. After my final bite to eat on the summit of Madulce, I made my way back to the bike over the same crappy trail. On the hike back I ran out of water, so once I arrived at the bike, I quickly made my way to Chokecherry Spring. Not wanting to drink out of the horse trough, I managed to fit my bike bottle under the inlet pipe above the trough and filled that up twice. It was a gamble, and I will see how I feel in a few days, but I drink unfiltered water pretty frequently. I could have made it out dry, but drinking a bit and topping off the bottle gave the the insurance I wanted to bike out. It was getting a bit late by this point, so I made the tough decision to skip Samon Peak, already dreading the bike back up to this point to get Samon at a later date. The ride back to the car was uneventful and mostly downhill with only one significant stretch of uphill (~200 ft). I finished about 1 hour after dark.
Stats:
42.8 miles
20.6 mph max speed
9hrs 36min moving time
2hrs 13min stopped time
4.5 mph avg moving speed
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:330 ft / 101 m
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:330 ft / 101 m
    Extra Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:Big Pine Rd to Mission Pine Tr
    Trailhead:6240 ft / 1901 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Pine '12

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Big Pine Mountain2012-10-20 a
2Big Pine Mountain-West Peak2012-10-20 b
3Madulce Peak2012-10-20 c
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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