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Ascent of Mount Gower on 2020-11-14

Climber: Robert Luher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Gower
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3103 ft / 945 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked just outside the gate for Mt Gower County Preserve (as I thought I might return after sunset, when the gate is locked).

Hiked up the well maintained trail and took the turnoff for Peak 1976, reaching the summit and then returned back to the main trail. As I neared False Mt Gower, I hiked up a use trail leading to the summit. The use trail had a few Class 2 sections. From the summit, I did not see any clear paths to either Mt Gower or Middle Gower. I ended up bushwhacking to Middle Gower and then to Mt Gower (taking about one hour for this traverse). Once on Mt Gower, signed the register and found a ducked use trail, but lost it on a big rock slab near a dry stream crossing near 2600'. I bushwhacked some trying to regain my original track on the ridge leading to False Gower, with heavy bushwhacking on the final dry stream crossing. Regained my original track and headed back to the car, reaching it in the dark. As I passed the locked gate, an hour after sunset, very glad to have parked outside the gate.

Stats for round trip on all peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2413 ft / 735 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2413 ft / 735 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1413 ft / 430 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Mt Gower Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt Gower County Preserve  1690 ft / 515 m
    Time:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Luher
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