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Ascent of South Fork Mountain on 2017-05-28

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:South Fork Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6072 ft / 1850 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking for a way to walk up without using the main road. So at the saddle just past Water Trough Spring, I turned up the Horse Ridge jeep trail, a 1-lane road just to the left of the wider, graded Cedar Camp Rd that goes NNE toward the drive-up route. A carsonite sign labels this 8E04. BTW, the topo shows this junction wrong; the jeep road actually comes straight south into the big curve of Cedar Camp Rd, on the crest of the ridge, making a trident-shaped 4way, with jeep road being the middle prong. I was hoping to drive up to about 5000msl, but was stopped by fallen tree around 4550msl, so I backed up 200ft and parked in a small meadow. Just as well, as the road soon became so steep and narrow in places, I don't think I would have been brave enough to try it. Surprised by its steepness, I didn't notice til later that the contours are 80ft in this area!
One small ATV had managed to bypass the treefall through the forest. Those tracks were the only ones at the top so far this year, so I'm assuming the main road up is still either closed or blocked by snow or treefall. The lookout is shuttered, and the fencegate is locked. I didn't walk out to the vault toilet to see if it was open. Did manage to walk around to get most of the views. One short snowdrift to walk across.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1571 ft / 478 m
    Elevation Loss:1571 ft / 478 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1551 ft / 472 m
    Extra Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:FSR-8E04
    Trailhead:FSR-8E04  4531 ft / 1381 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1561 ft / 475 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:FSR-8E04
    Trailhead:FSR-8E04  4531 ft / 1381 m
    Time Down:39 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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