Ascent of Cobb Mountain-East Peak on 2020-04-29

Climber: Ben Mitchell

Others in Party:Lindsey Landwehr
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cobb Mountain-East Peak
    Elevation:4708 ft / 1434 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked in the dirt turnout at the corner of Maple Shadows and 175 as recommended.
Once off of the pavement & beyond the gate (with No Trespassing sign), the dirt road was pretty clear for a ways. In time though, it became pretty littered with downed dead branches and logs left from the 2015 fire. The higher we climbed, the worse the burn damage was. There was one point where the old road grade appeared to Y. Turn right hear, heading uphill. Hard to say if the other was really a road or just appears to be now.
Couldn't find a register on the east peak, though I probably could've looked harder. The dirt road to the main summit was clear, as this is the access road for the cell tower, etc.
On Cobb's main summit I found the register at the benchmark on top of the large rock just across the dirt road from the tower, shipping container, etc. From here the traverse to the SW peak was a bit rough. The landscape is littered with dead trees and makes for slow going. Lindsey wasn't having it and opted to meet me back at the east summit. Note: Be sure you're heading for the right summit. We aimed too far south at first and end up entirely in the wrong location. Could just be me, but the SW peak appeared farther away than I thought it would be.
Upon reaching the SW summit I found the register concealed by several flat rocks behind a small boulder with a cairn on top of it. Easy to spot. This one is a plastic Talenti container and needs to be replaced. It has cracks in it's sidewalls and there was a fair amount of moisture inside. The pages of the notepad were damp and it was all I could do to sign without tearing the page.
Heading back I decided to cut downhill to connect with the dirt road instead, as this appeared to provide a shorter stretch of debris navigating. While I was glad I did, this caused me to drop lower than I otherwise would have and the climb up the road back to the main summit was pretty steep.
Took the road back to the east peak to meet Lindsey and we headed back down.
There were pretty good views from all 3 peaks, but not amazing. Not the prettiest hike due to all the burn damage but still nice to get out and have this one checked off.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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