Ascent of Mount Pierce on 2019-05-03
|Others in Party:||David Sanger|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, May 3, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3188 ft / 971 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe parked on the side of a dirt road, then walked along a faint, abandoned track through the grass until we met the well-traveled dirt road that goes all the way to the top. This initially dropped to a saddle where we crossed an unsigned gate into timber land. In 3.5 miles we reached the summit, studded with many antennas. The high point appears to be on the south side, near where the road enters. In a rock pile we found a small metal summit register left by Bob Burd and clearly missed by some other parties. There was only one other entry since it was placed in 2017. There is also an earthquake marker (a metal disk that looks similar to a benchmark) here.
Across the summit area is a plaque in a rock describing the Humboldt Meridian, which anchored the surveys of northwestern California. The actual benchmark is nearby in a pretty cylindrical rock enclosure with red gravel on its top surface. More about the history of the meridian is here. On the way down, we took a shortcut along power lines that initially looked very promising. However, it soon turned into a steep, brushy mess that saved a little distance but took far longer than the road.
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