Ascent of Peak 1876 on 2021-05-15

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Others in Party:Many family groups on the trail
a baby buggies.
Date:Saturday, May 15, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 1876
    Elevation:1876 ft / 571 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at Daley Ranch. There are no facilities at the trailhead, but are at Dixon Lake next door. There is a $5 admission charge on weekends, but seniors are free. There is no admission fee on weekdays.

This was a return trip, since I wasn't quite sure about reaching the summit on the previous trip. I followed the paved Ranch House Trail until it met up with Boulder Loop Trail. What I thought was a pointless detour the other day turned out to be a shortcut past the Rock Ridge Viewpoint joining the Boulder Loop Trail. Turn left and look for an opportunity to turn right up to the Peak.

At this point, the trail to the summit is a random assortment of goat paths. Following the line of least resistance, each alleged trail leads to a thicket and bushwhacking is the only way to get through. There is a flat rock formation I'll call the Whale's Back where several plausible trails lead off to the right. Word of advice, if you turn left, you will follow a path of major bushwhacking and boulder hopping leading to a Class 5 ascent. This was my path the other day. A short, thin person might crawl through the overhangs and reach the peak.

Today's ascent took me to the right and a fairly straightforward combination of bushwhacking and boulder hopping. This led to the summit block marked by a venerable Engelman Oak. This requires a bit of crawling to negotiate the low-hanging branches of the oak. Emerging from the oak there are plenty of boulders, overhangs, crevices, and caves. The elusive red dot on the GAIA seemed to move around, so this was an interesting exploration.

From the top, it is plain that the trail is actually quite close, although the bushwhacking is quite thick. Eventually, the shrubbery dissipates and there is a clean shot to the trail. The trail, of course, is a service road, and the walk-down to the trailhead is uneventful. Weather was nice, even cool. Sky was bluer than the other day and visibility was better. This was a single-ascent trip, though Rock Ridge Viewpoint was close by.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:657 ft / 200 m
    Total Elevation Loss:657 ft / 200 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:657 ft / 200 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Boulder Loop Trail and Rock Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Daley Ranch  1219 ft / 371 m
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:657 ft / 200 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Boulder Loop Trail
    End Trailhead:Daley Ranch  1219 ft / 371 m
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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