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Ascent of Sanhedrin Mountain on 2012-11-04

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Sunday, November 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Sanhedrin Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6175 ft / 1882 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to Lake Pillsbury via Upper Lake, then to marked turn off for Sanhedrin Mtn near the north end of Lake Pillsbury where I zeroed my odometer. Although this dirt road is labeled 20N04 on the map, most road junctions are unmarked from here, which meant I had a few junctions I wasn't certain which way to turn. The junctions that caused the most grief were at 4.7 miles (stay left) and at 8.2 miles (stay right). Soon after this last junction, I was in an area surrounded by private property, so all side roads were gated. This made for easy navigation.

At 15.3 miles I came to an unsigned left turn up a steep hill. There's a post here that probably once had a sign that said this was Road 19N80, the road to the Sanhedrin Lookout. There was no choice anyway, as the road straight ahead was gated. Only need a high clearance vehicle to this point. However, from this junction, it's mandatory 4WD and 3 miles to the summit following the road.

Nice view from the top, where there is a big cement lookout that has long been abandoned. A rather new sign near the summit proclaims this as the beginning of the Sanhedrin Wilderness (which is also the high point of the Sanhedrin Wilderness). This wilderness currently has no other open road or trail into the interior and appears to appeal mainly to hunters willing to bush-whack beyond the road.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Route:4WD the last 3 miles to summit
Descent Statistics



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