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Ascent of Corral Hollow Hill on 2012-03-03

Climber: Gene Mattos

Others in Party:Patrick Kao
Date:Saturday, March 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Corral Hollow Hill
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8170 ft / 2490 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail-head is just east of the Calaveras-Alpine county line. The turnoff from Highway-4 is not immediately visible, but after some walking around and asking the folks at the rental station we found it and parked close-by.

It just snowed a couple days ago, so we rented some snowshoes.
We got a bit of a later start, around 12 and the plan was to get back by 4:30 to return my snowshoes to the rental center.
Note to people wanting to snowshoe this hike: ski/hiking poles would be extremely helpful. Extremely.

The hike was more strenuous than we expected. We were the first party to use the trail after the snow, so we basically made the trail through fresh powder. First part of the hike is through the forest, following the creek, and is relatively gentle sloping.
The second part is uphill in an open area that's often used by snowmobiles. It was tempting to follow the snowmobile tracks, but we kept slogging through on the trail, barely visible below the snow.

Once we got to the ridge, it's a gentle ~0.5 of a mile to the highpoint. We didn't find any registers but there are a couple cairns built.

As we headed back we picked up our pace to beat the darkness and the cold, but ended up coming back just after sundown, and had to use headlamps - almost 2 hours behind our time estimate.

Edit: Forgot to mention we also visited the southern candidate for the highpoint, which in my opinion is higher.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Clear
Very warm during the day. Cold when sun is down.



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