Ascent of Thorn Point on 2019-06-01
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 1, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6920 ft / 2109 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThorn Point
Total distance: 10.5 miles
Elevation gain: 2093 ft
Total time: 5 hours 25 minutes, including about 20 minutes waiting out a thundershower
Start time: 11:05am
Trailhead: Intersection of Grade Valley Road (Mutau Rd) and Forest Rte 7N03B
Accomplishments by list: HPS #37
Difficulty of hike: 5 out of 10. A good portion of the hike is flat. Once you start climbing the ridge, it's moderately steep but not too bad.
Views during the hike: 6 out of 10. Could be better if it wasn't raining most of the hike. Best views were towards Mt. Pinos and Frasier Mountain. I believe you could also see Cobblestone Mountain, though I'm not sure.
Climbing on the descent: none
People seen: none
Animals seen: none
My goal for this day was to hike Hines and Topatopa, but I got a flat tire on the way, so I needed to do a shorter hike. Thorn Point was my backup. Getting to the trailhead was the most challenging part. Driving down Grade Valley Road was not easy on my Honda Accord, but if you're determined, it's doable. Just before the turnoff for Forest Rte 7N03B, there is the first of 4 stream crossings. I didn't want to risk driving over these in my Accord, so I parked right before the first one and hiked across them instead, adding about 3 miles to the hike. And a good thing I did, because soon after the 4th stream crossing, there's a huge tree trunk blocking the road saying "Road Closed", since the road is washed out the last 1/4th of a mile. You can still hike through there, to get to the actual trailhead. Once at the peak, my signature in the register was the first one since 1/26/19.
The day started out with nice weather, but soon clouds rolled in, which first brought rain, then thunder, and then hail. I had to hide out under some branches for about 20 minutes while it passed.
I've removed trash from trails before, but this hike was my first one where I found a balloon on the trail.
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by David Sharg
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