Ascent to Berryessa Peak-Midpoint - lunch - camp location on 2019-08-09
|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 ReportThis is a beautiful hike, but demanding. It is well documented. http://tuleyome.org/trails/beryessapeak/ 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 http://www.yolohiker.org/trails/knoxville/BPT/index.html. 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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