Ascent of Hawkins Peak on 2016-09-04

Climber: Swingshift Hiker

Date:Sunday, September 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hawkins Peak
    Elevation:10024 ft / 3055 m

Ascent Trip Report

After an unsuccessful attempt on Hawkins the day before, and an unsuccessful attempt on Jeff Davis Peak earlier in the day, I was feeling terribly dissatisfied and felt the need to actually stand on top of something.
So, I decided to try to gather a little more data about the route. On my drive out of Blue Lakes Road, I stop at on of the NFS service areas, which had a bulletin board with a map of the area. I took a pic of the map, which was reasonably detailed. I then noticed that my car's GPS had the FS roads which matched the map on the bulletin board, including a road that led to the summit. Armed with the new information I drove to the access point at the junction of highway 88 and 89. It is marked as Burnside Lake Road. I traveled this road to about one mile short of Burnside Lake and made a left up (east) up the grade. About 1/2 mile up this road going east, there were a few different road options, including one that was gated off. So, I tried the other options, which took me off of my GPS track. The track seemed to be leading right through the locked gate. However, about 100 yards to the east of the gate, there is a faint road that leads up into the trees, roughly paralleling the closed road. As is turned out, this road joined with the road that had been blocked off, and eventually led to within 400 vertical ft of the summit. There is some class 2 scrambling to the peak. Though there is communication equipment on top, this is still a 9 out of 10 for views. As a volcanic peak, it rises above all else for miles and gives 360 degrees in all directions providing views down to Mount Patterson, the Northern Yosemite peaks, the northern Sierra peaks and far into Nevada.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:424 ft / 129 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:424 ft / 129 m
    Trailhead:9600 ft / 2926 m
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:10 Minutes

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