Ascent of Grasshopper Mountain on 2021-06-08

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:David Sanger
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grasshopper Mountain
    Elevation:3379 ft / 1029 m

Ascent Trip Report

I’d become interested in Grasshopper Mountain when driving past Humboldt Redwoods State Park on the way to Rainbow Ridge a few years before. Previous ascents had taken a service road from the north, but the park Web site showed a Grasshopper Trail coming up from the east from park headquarters through old-growth redwoods. A little online searching convinced me that this would be a much better hike than the road. The one concern was a seasonal bridge over the Eel River that was supposed to be placed by the nature trail near headquarters, typically in June. No one answered the phone at headquarters, the visitor center, or the campground on two consecutive days, so we showed up without knowing about the bridge about 7:30 am. We took the nature trail down to the river and saw no signs of a bridge. The river is fairly wide here, and can surely be waded if the water is low enough, but not knowing its depth, we thought better of it. A park employee near headquarters said he didn’t know if the bridge had been placed this year. We drove south to the parking area for the Garden Club of America Grove, where the map showed another seasonal bridge, but had no luck here either. We decided to travel 20 minutes north and take the regular road route instead.

I parked low on the dirt access road, though it turns out I could have driven up another 0.2 miles and parked right next to the gate itself. The hike is 7 miles on the same road, with signs occasionally pointing towards the misspelled “Gasshopper” lookout. The lookout building itself is in good shape, still boarded up, at the bulldozed summit. I found the USGS benchmark inside a little patch of concrete. There are excellent views out to the King Range, Rainbow Ridge, and the striking trifecta of Black Lassic, Signal Peak, and Red Lassic bunched up on the horizon. Some rain clouds gathered, and light sprinkles followed us down to the car. We saw no one all day until two bikers started up as we were about to drive out.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3309 ft / 1008 m
    Total Elevation Loss:230 ft / 70 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3309 ft / 1008 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3079 ft / 938 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Start Trailhead:300 ft / 91 m
Descent Statistics

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