Ascent of Machesna Mountain on 2002-05-18

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, May 18, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Machesna Mountain
    Elevation:4063 ft / 1238 m

Ascent Trip Report

From highway 58 west of California Valley take La Panza Road (29S01) west. Follow this good road for 6.1 miles to La Panza Summit. Turn left (south) onto road 30S17. After 0.8 miles you will pass Queen Bee Spring on your right which has a small, primitive campground on the left. After 2.2 miles turn right at a junction with a sign pointing to Pine Mountain to the right. This road is steep and a four-wheel drive vehicle is advisable from here on. Follow this road up to the crest at 3.9 miles with a sign on your left for the Machesna Mountain Wilderness. There is very tight parking here for only one vehicle and it may be necessary to go further to turn around. Start the hike south on the wide trail which at one time was a jeep road. At a crest at 3840 feet (just below the first "A" in PANZA) the better trial makes loop to the east and then comes back to the other trail at a sign at UTM: 752820E, 3908502N. The more direct trail down to a pond is more obscure. From the sign the trail continues south about half a mile then take the trail to the right that goes up the ridge to the summit. This hike is 5.2 miles one-way with a gain of 2000 feet and a drop of 1100 feet. The hike takes about 3 hours going in and 2 1/2 hours back out. 5/02 RLC
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