Ascent of Cerro Bola on 2012-04-16

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Bola
    Elevation:4199 ft / 1279 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike stats:
5.38 mi, 2h 35 min moving time, 35 min stopped, 2.1mph moving avg

I followed Adam Helman's trip report from 2009 without any problems.

The road is 6.7 miles from pavement to a new cement helicopter pad where I parked the Yaris. If driven carefully, a passenger car can make it up here - not advisable after a storm though. While hiking, I saw a pickup truck drive up to the antenna array on the NE summit. The same pickup headed down while I was driving down. I allowed it to pass my slower-moving Yaris and I was surprised to see that it was from Channel 13 in San Diego. The beginning and end of the hike was on an old road - nice. The rest was cross country through the bushes which mostly remained no higher than my knees. Only the lower sections of the NE ridge were all that bad. A barbed wire fence must be crossed to summit and again on return - easy. Bushwhacking through chaparral sucks by the way...

Addendum, Nov 2015:
So.... Point of contention with this one. As I on a week-long Baja ultra peakbagging trip with Rob Woodall, Duane Gilliland, and Laura Newman, I learned from Laura that Cerro Bola's antenna-infested eastern summit is possibly/probably higher than the bushwhack west summit that I had climbed in 2012. I was very upset to learn this... As you can even see from my 2012 GPS track, I approached the antenna summit from my car after the hike of the bushwhack peak but did not summit due to the presence of maintenance workers and the dubious legality of being on top. Go figure...

The bottom line is that I still feel that both summits should be visited to ensure that you get this peak! It is too close to call!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1656 ft / 504 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1656 ft / 504 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 656 ft / 200 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route:NE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:3543 ft / 1079 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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