Ascent of Peak 1679 on 2019-04-28

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Marcus Sierra
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 1679
    Elevation:1679 ft / 511 m

Ascent Trip Report

At long last, it was time to climb the last P300 in Coe Park, a little unnamed thing behind Tie Down Peak. Initially Kerry and I intended to get this on a Saturday during the annual Coe Backcountry Weekend (CBW), then car camp, and tackle Zimba Benchmark on Sunday. But the weather was far too warm for the 22 miles required for Zimba, so we settled on picking up 1679 on Sunday with a leisurely start time of 10am. During CBW, it’s possible to drive Kaiser-Aetna Road fairly close to the peak. I’d plotted a route that came in from the north along the remnants of an old track shown on the topo map. From what I’d read of other trips, this would involve less bushwhacking than coming in from the Dowdy visitor center to the south. It was certainly shorter, at only 4 miles round trip.

I picked up Kerry at Bell’s Station just off Route 152. We showed our pass at the entrance and made our way up the dusty road, passing Lake Mountain, Burra Burra, and Tie Down, all targets of previous years. I found a shady spot to park on the side of the road, and we headed up a steep, grassy slope along a faint animal track. After reaching a ridge just past a small pond, we intersected with an official trail (the Tie Down Trail, which does not go to the top of Tie Down Peak), and turned right on it as it headed downhill. At a grassy meadow we left the trail to cross a run-down barbed wire fence, still in the park, and headed up the ridge. There was really no sign of the old track other than periodic clearings in the brush. At one point I took the left option when I should have headed right, necessitating some brief bushwhacking and crawling until we rejoined the clearer path to the top. There were some partial views here to Mt. Stakes, the Quien Sabe Range, an unusual view looking down on the brushy east side of Tie Down Peak, and Walsh Peak nearby across the road. I hid a geocache near the summit at my son’s request. We were able to avoid the bushwhack on the way down, which was very nice as the day was becoming warm. There were some ticks about, and occasional patches of poison oak to be avoided, especially near the top.

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Approaching Peak 1679 from the north. Quien Sabe range in the far distance (Ararat, Cathedral, Mariposa visible) (2019-04-28). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1779 ft / 542 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1779 ft / 542 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 779 ft / 237 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Start Trailhead:900 ft / 274 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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