Ascent of Fool Creek Peak on 2017-08-12

Climber: Otto De Groff

Others in Party:Dad
Date:Saturday, August 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Fool Creek Peak
    Elevation:9712 ft / 2960 m

Ascent Trip Report

My Dad and I summited Fool Creek Peak from North Walker Canyon last year. My Isuzu Trooper made it almost a mile up North Walker Canyon to a stream crossing, where we parked. On the way up we were caught in a torrential rainstorm. We found some rock outcroppings just below 8000 feet to take shelter under before continuing to the saddle and summit. At the summit we were rewarded with views of rain falling on the desert around us, with sunbeams falling in places.

The rain made this a very memorable hike. We had done the same hike a few years previously, before the Clay Springs Fire burned much of the Canyon Mountains. In 2017 it was neat to see the change from pre to post fire landscape on the mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3012 ft / 918 m
    Route:North Walker Canyon
    Trailhead:North Walker Canyon  6700 ft / 2042 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Thunderstorms, Windy at summit

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