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Ascent of Burro Peak on 2019-04-11

Climber: Vic Hanson

Date:Thursday, April 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Burro Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3220 ft / 981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Burro Peak is located between the Burro Canyon shooting range and Hwy. 39 which goes up to Crystal Lake. I wasn't sure which way was the best to access it because I had no beta, topo map, or cell service to look for any. Yesterday I had planned on hiking up the Bear Creek Trail but it was totally destroyed by the Spring flooding at about the 3 mile point and I got tired of bushwhacking thru and over all the debris, so turned around. I looked at the Nearby Peaks on the Peakbagger app and Burro was close so decided to try it.

I checked out the approach from Hwy. 39 as I was closer to that, and it looked doable. Shortly after the West Fork parking area is a locked gate and a rough dirt road going off to the left, with room to park. Right across the highway is another going to the right. You can see a house across the valley up on the other side. That is not the correct route as I found out. Follow the road down and to the right but then turn left on a poor road, crossing the creek to the right when it comes alongside, and then follow the path as it goes along the base of the cliff. I was surprised to see the ruins of an old settlement there, a half dozen or so fireplace chimneys and foundations of houses. Just past the first one on the right you can see a break in the cliff and a faint path going up, which I marked with a couple of cairns.

Once you reach the top of the cliff there is a lot of meandering to find an easy route thru the brush but it's not too bad. From there it is just a matter of finding the easiest route up the steep ridge. Follow it up to the saddle, where there is a slight drop then follow the main ridge, also steep, to the top. There were a couple of sections that looked like a use trail or an animal trail but I didn't see tracks of any kind. I did a lot of zigzaging going up, due to the steepness, but less on the way down. The main concern coming down is to find the break in the cliff to get back down to the ruins.

Once near the top is the inevitable false summit but it is an easy meander to the true summit, with a marker post that has 26 on it. I kind of wanted to go over and summit the higher peak xx farther along the ridge but it was getting late and I didn't see any brush free route so I easily talked myself out of it. Looking down at the Burro Canyon shooting range I didn't see any trail so don't know if there is a route there or not.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1355 ft / 413 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1355 ft / 413 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.5 km
    Start Trailhead:1865 ft / 568 m
Descent Statistics



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