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Ascent of North Chalone Peak on 2019-03-23

Climber: Marc Machin

Others in Party:Michael
Lindsay
Date:Saturday, March 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Chalone Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3304 ft / 1007 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had a fun weekend camping at Pinnacles National Park, despite less than ideal weather. The first night it rained all night, but when we got to the trailhead at about 9:00am, the parking lot (which is very small) was practically empty. Even better, the hike through the Bear Gulch Caves (about 1/2 mile into the hike) was very enjoyable as almost nobody else was around. The hike the remaining 3.5 miles to the summit was a pretty strong work-out, almost a constant grade, but nothing too steep. The low clouds left about the time we got to the summit so there were at least some views of the region. The hike back passed quite a few people, and back through the Bear Gulch Caves, it was extremely crowded (so thanks to the early morning rain gods for keeping the people away that morning!).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2010 ft / 612 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route:Chalone Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Bear Gulch  1294 ft / 394 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 56 Minutes



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