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Ascent of Mount Konocti-South Peak on 2014-02-15

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Konocti-South Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked the relatively new Mt. Konocti State Park trail to the high point (Wright's Peak), taking side trails to the other summits (Howard Peak, Buckingham Peak) along the way. South Peak is the only named point on the mountain without a trail leading to it.

I started the brushy ascent of South Peak from a bathroom building on the trail roughly 3/4 of a mile from the summit of Wright's Peak. Because of the thick tree cover, I could not see the peak from here. I took a bearing for the direction of the summit with my compass and topo map, and then followed the compass bearing up the peak weaving in and out of the dense cover of spindly oak trees and brush. After 15 minutes or so I reached a ridgeline with what appeared to be the summit boulders. The vegetation was pretty thick, but I got an obscured view of nearby Howard Peak from the top of a set of boulders. Other boulders close by appeared to be about the same height due to the rather flat summit ridge area.

I found out later that I was on the "rim" of the half-crater that makes up the summit ridge, but the summit boulders were still further to the east a few hundred feet, which you can't see until you are right next to them. I went back sometime later and got it right, following the route description of others. The use trail is there, although pretty weak in places.

The summit rocks of South Peak are quite visible from the trail leading to Wright Peak (just north of the South Peak).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1540 ft / 469 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Mt. Konocti trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Konocti trailhead  2600 ft / 792 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack



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