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Ascent of South Yolla Bolly Mountain on 2013-07-21

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:South Yolla Bolly Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8094 ft / 2467 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fail. The original goal was South Yolla Bolly then Anthony then Black Butte. Lots of driving, too much really for a day trip from SF. Anyway, South Yolla Bolly was fine. Used Dennis's driving directions on SP which were correct. Last 3/4 mile probably requires 2WD high clearance. Could park a car just before that in a flat clearcut area if you can get across drainage berm at start of final road.

With no beta, I decided to just hike trail to S ridge and go up then. Considered E ridge but from TH I couldn't really see the route and looked to have brush potential. The old road trail to the S ridge is flat or even descending for a while. Then slowly goes up. I don't think it goes as high as mapped. I was at like 7200' when I gave up and just hiked the S ridge. Easy solid talus with no brush. No problems. Wide views. Hot hot hot. Hiked down the E ridge and out as it looked doable from summit. Easy, no real brush or obstacles. Leaned to S side of the ridge until perhaps 7600' and then leaned towards the more vegetated N side. Open and gentle and then maybe a bit more effort to avoid vegetation for the last tenth of a mile. I'd recommend E ridge both ways. Some faint tracks here and there but no formal trail.

Drove out and towards Anthony. Ratzers. Flat tire. Had some issues handling that and it was hot and time consuming. It's 100 degrees at this point. Finally got that fixed which was a long story and an adventure in itself. Good thing too because I was 50 miles from nearest home. Bailed out and fortunately made it out just fine to payment. Way too much driving. Was 15 hours door to door and didn't even get to try the other two peaks. I'm learning that day trips to a lot of hikes are just a bit much from the Bay Area. And that it is always hot as hell. It's been in the 90s at like 8000' on my last 3 hikes. Ick.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1394 ft / 424 m
    Elevation Loss:1394 ft / 424 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Calm, Clear
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Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1394 ft / 424 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:S Ridge
    Trailhead:Ides Cove TH  6900 ft / 2103 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1194 ft / 364 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:E Ridge
    Trailhead:Ides Cove TH  6900 ft / 2103 m



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