Ascent of Brush Mountain on 2011-11-10

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, November 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brush Mountain
    Elevation:7048 ft / 2148 m

Ascent Trip Report

First of 2 peaks for the day. I managed to squeeze the Yaris off to the side of the intersection on Mil Potrero and NF-9N27 so I could start from the road. I unloaded the mountain bike and I was off! The ride up was very pleasant and I didn't have to walk the bike up at all until I hit Marian/Marion campground (topo says Marian, HPS says Marion, forgot what the sign said...). Since this road faces south there were no snow issues. Once I hit the ridgeline at Marion CG, the northern slopes had 4 inches of snow or so. I ditched the bike in the trees near the campground and headed up the 4WD road to the summit on foot. The first 1/4 mile is steep but it smooths out after that. So, begin the confusion here. The BM on the topo is 7048 and on the southeastern of 3 summits. However, the HPS guide says that the high point of the mountain is 0.2 mi NW of point 7048. And to add gravy to all that, the register is located at BM 7028, clearly lower and another 0.3 mi north of the HPS-recognized high point. If following the county highpointers has taught me anything, it is to make sure you cover the high ground at all costs! So, I natuarlly walked around all 3 high points, eating lunch at the register on point 7028. I walked back to the bike and scouted the route to San Emigdio from Marion, which was covered in 4 inches of snow and easily hiked, but not mountain-bikeable. Now the fun part: bombing the hill on mountain bike! I tried to film a video clip on my camera of me riding down the hill, with limited success. It stopped recording right before I almost ate shit because I was not holding the handlebars correctly with the camera in my hand... Oh well, safety first - camera stowed, both hands on the handlebars. The ride to the car was awesome. I didn't see a single person on Brush Mtn at all. Off to San Emigdio for bike ride #2 of the day!
Stats for Brush Mtn & San Emigdio Mtn round trips combined:
13.6 miles total
2 hrs 20 min moving time
4.8 mph average speed
24.3 mph max speed

Link to pictures for Brush & San Emigdio
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1288 ft / 392 m
    Route:NF-9N27 to 4WD Rd on SE Ridge
    Trailhead:5760 ft / 1755 m
    Gear Used:

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