Ascent of Mount Carmel on 2010-03-20

Climber: Bill Symonds

Others in Party:Coworker
Date:Saturday, March 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Carmel
    Elevation:4417 ft / 1346 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead (Botcher's Gap Campground) is easy to get to, with the entire Palo Colorado Rd being paved. Orginial plan was to explore a 4x4 trail marked "Turner Creek Tr" that splits off of Palo Colorado Rd to the left, about halfway to the campground. Had this road been opened and passable, it would ultimately intersect Skinner Ridge Tr, and make this hike 1.9 miles each way. However, this offshoot road is gated and marked "No Trespassing", so we proceeded to leave from the campground. The first 2.8 miles on Skinner Ridge Tr is a gentle slope through the woods with a nearby stream, which is crossed once. Turner Creek Tr is fairly steep for the first 1.1 miles until Devil's Peak, which is incidentally the best view on the hike. Then, the final 0.8 miles to Mount Carmel is a gentle slope, but heavily overgrown. In this section, the trail is not hard to follow, but you'll need to push your way through bushes in many spots. The peak itself is rather wooded, so only peeks of Monterey Bay and other landmarks are possible. Overall, a good day hike with a trailhead that's easy to get to.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2367 ft / 721 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.4 mi / 15.1 km
    Route:Skinner Ridge Tr-Turner Creek Tr
    Trailhead:Botcher's Gap Campground  2050 ft / 624 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Morning fog, then clear and 50s
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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