Ascent to Berryessa Peak-Midpoint - lunch - camp location on 2019-08-09

Climber: Ralph Alcorn

Date:Friday, August 9, 2019
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Berryessa Peak - Midpoint - lunch - camp location
    Elevation:2250 ft / 685 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a beautiful hike, but demanding. It is well documented. gives a good writeup. It has a link to a pdf with maps, and another link for a gps track but gps track doesn't load. Yolohiker also documents this trail and their gpx file works My comments here assume you have looked at that site already.

I did a trial hike to the midpoint last Friday. I had the GPS track, but trail was clear enough now that grass has dried up, with a couple of exceptions. The trail was fine until that steep part for a 100 yards or so before the fence crossing. That section was tricky both going up and down. I was mostly off the track in the weeds to avoid slipping and extremely dependent on my poles. A few switch backs and/or steps would help.

Above the fence where the trail is on the contour line of the street slope, the dried grass is extremely slippery like a snowfield so it is important to not step off the trail track. The are about 3 big oaks that have fallen across the trail in that section, forcing hikers to go off to the steep grassy slope. That was the only part where I thought I was taking a risk.

When I got to the midpoint I looked around and thought "Camping? In what universe?" but struggled up the draw (footing totally obscured by grass) and did find a large flat area.

Weather was nice till 10:30, ok till 11, then hot. I had an umbrella which helped a lot. I started at 9:30. Next time 7 or 7:30.

One very important point is that this is a long ways from anywhere. Start with a full tank of gas. The closest station is Anguin if you forget.
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ralph Alcorn
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