Ascent of Bunker Hill on 2021-06-02

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bunker Hill
    Elevation:11473 ft / 3496 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summit inReach message

This was a very enjoyable way to complete the Nevada County Highpoints. It started the evening before when I camped at the Kingston Campground and found it to be very pleasant indeed with a creek running near my site and beautiful spring growth all around. In the morning I drove up to the Basin Canyon approach and then up to the end of the Jeep trail. The map shows switchbacks leading up the north slope of the drainage, but I never found even a use trail there. The GPS tracks bore this out because they seem to be all over that slope. So I just followed my own nose up to the ridge, where indeed I did find a use trail. I followed that trail around the first hump and up to the ridge above it, then again just followed my nose up to the south ridge of Bunker Hill. From there the route just ascended the steeper slope to the south and up onto the high north ridge to the summit, a straightforward route that happily was snow-free even though there was much snow on the north and NE sides of most of the terrain in the vicinity.

My camp spot at Kingston Campground. The main creek was on the left with a small tributary coming in from the right. Beautiful place!

I drove the 4Runner to the end of the Jeep trail in Basin Canyon and parked where a cairn marks the spot to cross the drainage over to the north side.

The views up to the mountain opened up before reaching the ridgeline.

The use trail atop the ridge leads around to the right of the hump on the ridge, then back up to the ridge beyond the hump.

I was intrigued by the terraces on the slopes to the north. I've seen these before but have no clue what they are.

After attaining the north ridge and climbing the steep rocky slope to the high shoulder, then to the false summit, this is the view of the summit ridge, with the true summit off to the right.

The view south from the summit.

The view north along the summit ridge.

On the descent I took this photo looking down the NW ridge. Basin Canyon is to the left of this ridge.

Looking back up at the mountain on the descent. I believe Basin Canyon is named for this large basin. I noticed something that I've not had much opportunity to observe in the past due to not having much experience with snow in the desert mountains. Even with all that snow above there was no stream in the basin. This is so wholly unlike my home Cascade Range where there would be a roaring torrent at the bottom of the valley if there were that much snow above. Interesting contrast in geology.

Looking down Basin Canyon from the ridge. The Jeep trail can barely be seen. The 4Runner is parked in the lowest aspens. The slope leading up to the ridge from the road is to the right.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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