Ascent of Secret Spring Mountain on 2013-07-09
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, July 9, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Secret Spring Mountain|
| Elevation:||5704 ft / 1738 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe topo shows this mountain as Secret Spring Mountain. I accessed it from Hwy 97 coming from Oregon. At the "Bug Station" (Agricultural Inspection Station for CA) I continued south for 4.5 miles to the signed and paved Meiss Lake Road. I followed this road for 9.4 miles to gravel FR 3 on the right. I zeroed my odometer and went 0.7 miles and turned right on a lesser road. At mile 1.1 I crossed a cattle guard, at 2.2 miles I passed a relatively new clear cut on my left, at 3.3 miles I took the right fork, at 3.7 miles I continued straight, and at 3.9 miles went right. The left road at this point may get you to the trailhead also. I continued to mile 4.9 where I turned left at a "T" intersection. At about 5.4 miles I turned left on an obscure rocky road that went downhill a short ways to a saddle where it meets another road and I turned left and followed it a short distance to a saddle. Secret Spring Mtn is due north from this parking spot.
There are roads coming up from the east on the topo, but they all seemed to be blocked by private property.
I just hiked up the open slopes to the ridgeline. I passed under a double wooden pole transmission line about half way up to the summit. The brush on the ridgeline was thicker but easily avoided. I followed the ridge all the way to the highpoint. There are a couple rocks back along the ridge that may be as high as the highpoint. Good views from the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||920 ft / 280 m|
| Distance:||4.8 mi / 7.7 km|
| Route:||South Ridge|
| Trailhead:||4784 ft / 1458 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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