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Ascent of Peak 2880+ on 2021-03-20

Climber: Chris Gordon

Date:Saturday, March 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 2880+
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2880 ft / 877 m

Ascent Trip Report

I planned a Boney Massif circuit to hit some of the peaks I hadn't summitted before: Peak 2880+, Boney Peak, Exchange Peak, Pop Top, Big Dome, Point 2793, and Conejo Peak. (One can easily add Sandstone Peak, Inspiration Point, and/or Tri Peaks to such a trip.)

Parked at Sandstone Peak Trailhead and hit the trail at 7:15 am. I took the Sandstone Peak trail directly to the base of the summit spur trail.

Peak 2880+: I continued on until the saddle and the base of Peak 2880+. A decent use trail appears heading directly up the peak. It then heads along the left side and then circles back up to the summit. Very easy to spot and navigate. No more than a few steps of Class 2. Only takes a few minutes.

Boney Peak: I proceeded on to Boney Peak. A use trail heads off to the left of the Backbone Trail, easy to spot. The use trail leads all the way to the base of the summit boulder. There is about 15 feet of scrambling to reach the summit. A small cave about half-way up the boulder holds a registry.

Exchange Peak: I then did some minor bushwhacking down to the Backbone Trail and headed on to Exchange Peak. A can't-miss trail heads up toward the two very large old water tanks. I then proceeded directly toward the peak. The use trail heads along the right of the peak along the edge of the bare rock and vegetation line. It then circles back up to the summit of the peak. Very broad summit ridge, and far less crowded than Sandstone. I retraced my steps back to the Backbone Trail.

Pop Top and Big Dome: I took the Tri Peaks Trail up to Tri Peaks, and then continued along the right side of the peak on a faint use trail hugging the edge where the boulders meets the vegetation. At the saddle between Tri Peaks and Pop Top, a very clear use trail appears. I then easily followed it all the way to the summit of Pop Top. From there, a nice trail leads most of the way to Big Dome, then a use trail branches off which leads most of the way to the summit, where the open country then allows one to pick their path to the Big Dome summit.

Point 2793 and Conejo Peak: From Big Dome, I followed a faint use trail east, which kind of petered out, and then I bushwhacked down the slope to the Mishe Mokwa Trail. I followed it all the way to Split Rock, where I then took the Balanced Rock trail. I followed that trail for a few hundred yards until I hit the large canyon/drainage on the left. I previously searched for signs of use trails on google earth which might head up to Point 2793, but didn't see anything. So I bushwhacked up the slope, staying on the left side of the canyon/drainage. Probably much more open after the Woolsey fire. There is a bit of a saddle between the larger drainage/canyon that I was following and a smaller drainage/canyon that was pretty much directly above where the Balanced Rock Trail branches off from the Misha Mokwa trail. Once I hit this saddle, I followed it up into a gap of the rock faces to meet the ridge and push behind it. From there, I turned right into a bit more open bushwhack before I started to find faint use trails a short distance from the Point 2793 summit. From the summit, a very clear trail appears that leads all the way to the Conejo Peak summit. Easy to spot and follow. Saw no one on this venture. I generally retraced my steps all the way back to the Misha Mokwa trail. I thought I saw a use trail on the other side of the large drainage/canyon but it turned out to be a very intermittent game trail (with an NPS motion sensor game camera on it!). So, unless there exists some sort of use trail that I couldn't find, tackling Point 2793 and Conejo Peak from the south side requires a bushwhack.

Once back on the Misha Mokwa trail, I followed it to the spur trail back to the Sandstone Peak Trail, and then back to the car.

Total trip time: 4 hours, 15 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Sandstone Peak  
Descent Statistics



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