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Ascent of Mill Peak on 2019-06-30

Climber: Coby King

Date:Sunday, June 30, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mill Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6670 ft / 2033 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Silver and Gold, my final peak of the day was Mill. I had tried this on just over a month before, on May 27, after bagging The Pinnacles and White. However, when I got down to the creek crossing, it was flowing so much I couldn’t have crossed without getting my boots soaked. It was late, so I decided to hold it for another day. This was it. It was in the mid-70s when I started at about 2:15, but a cool breeze often blew. In the intervening month, the cross crossing was nothing. The water was so low that I could walked in it if I chose and not gotten the sides of my boots wet.

Following Robert Luher’s track, I walked up the road, took the left fork at the first junction and then left the road where he did. It was quite steep but doable, and I eventually reached a point northwest of the peak. Here, however, I ran into a wall of buckthorn, which I detest. After searching in vain for a while for a passage through the brush, I finally opened up Peakbagger and had enough signal to download Michael Sullivan’s track, which showed a route a little farther to the west. Soon enough, I found a real trail, which curved around to the peak. The trail continued down the other side of the mountain, but a pink ribbon marked a side trail which leads to the summit rocks. I signed the register, climbed the class 3/4 highest boulder enough to touch the highest point, and was back on my way down. On the way down, I followed the trail back through the brush, and then continued down. It’s faint in a couple of places, but I was able to follow it all the way back to the road I came up. Well, almost. Just before the road, there is yet another trail that goes off in a different direction. I followed this for 20 or 30 yards before I realized my mistake. Instead of retracing my steps, I left the trail to the right descended a steps and then climbed steeply up the ravine to reach the road, which I easily followed back to the trailhead. My phone clocked me at exactly 3 miles in under 1:40, including a short rest at the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:461 ft / 140 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:461 ft / 140 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Start Trailhead:6209 ft / 1892 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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