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Ascent of Babbitt Peak on 2005-07-10

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, July 10, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Babbitt Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8760 ft / 2670 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a straightforward hike or drive-up in the Tahoe National Forest. From CA-49 ½ mile E of Loyalton, I turned south on Smithneck Road, which is paved for 4½ miles and then becomes good gravel. At 10.2 miles (easily discernible from the mile posts), I turned east on a road which is signed as 860 35 but is identified in Delorme as Jones Valley Road. Most low clearance vehicles could negotiate this road, but it would be a challenge and a sign says it is not recommended. 1.7 miles up this road is Jones Valley itself, where the road splits and I took the right branch, which is signed as "Babbitt LO". I parked my car just after a right bend at the far end of an alder meadow, which I estimated to be 1000' below the summit, and hiked the rest of the way. About 650' below the summit is a gate which a sign says is locked from 6 PM to 9 AM. About 100-150' below the gate is a sign warning that there are no more turnarounds before the gate. The BM and HP are in a rock outcrop about 100' beyond the summit lookout tower.

When the gate is open, this peak is Martinizable. When the gate is locked, you'll have to walk (or bike) the last 800', which you can reduce to 650' if you can back your car 150' down a narrow dirt road.
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