Ascent of Poverty Ridge on 2019-01-19

Climber: Powen Ru

Others in Party:Yaomin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Poverty Ridge
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived at Twin Gates a little before 7am, luckily found the gate was open (even a sign noting 8am-sunset).
The trail to Antler Point is easy to follow, but we somehow missed Antler Point while thinking Peak 2987 is the high point.
We followed a steep use trail of Peak 2987 NW ridge, hoping to reach the saddle directly, but encountered two unnecessary "class-2 man-made obstacles".
(We should have simply followed the first "obstacle" to get back Canada de Pala Trail.)
There are more "class-2 man-made obstacles" along the way. Given recent rains, all ponds look nice, especially an unmarked but largest lake at 37.4076, -121.7334.
We checked/verified map/gps at every junction to eventually reach Poverty ridge. We went further to 3301 hoping to find a BM mentioned by Burd, but got nothing after our carpet search.
On our descent, we made a mistake at 3164 by taking the left spur (where we should go right) until we spotted a pond at right (marked as Spring on topo map). We then crossed the ridge to another pond before getting back to the road. (GPX available in Yaomin's TR)

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3850 ft / 1173 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3850 ft / 1173 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.6 mi / 33.2 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2310 ft / 704 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 970 ft / 295 m; Extra: 1340 ft / 408m
    Loss on way in:1340 ft / 408 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Twin Gates  2350 ft / 716 m
    Time:4 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2510 ft / 765 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 970 ft / 295 m; Extra: 1540 ft / 469m
    Gain on way out:1540 ft / 469 m
    Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Route:NW ridge
    End Trailhead:Twin Gates  2350 ft / 716 m
    Time:4 Hours 50 Minutes

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