Ascent of Hirz Mountain-Lookout on 2005-10-23

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 23, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hirz Mountain-Lookout
    Elevation:3540 ft / 1078 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Salt Creek exit on I-5 take paved Gilman Rd 4.5 miles to the signed dirt road (FSR 35N04) to Hirz Mountain L.O. After 1.4 miles on this road a sign discourages 2WD vehicles. The road is reasonably good with a few rough spots, steep in a couple of places, but 4WD not required. After 4 miles the road reaches the ridgetop saddle, then ends the final mile as a narrow, single track to arrive at a turnaround and locked gate about 1/4 mile below Hirz Mountain. The road climbs steeply to the open summit and Hirz Mountain L.O. A commanding view down to the McClouid River arm of Lake Shasta. The original L.O. was rebuilt by the CCC in 1937 with a 12'x12' ground-level cab. In 1949 it was replaced with the present 20' steel tower and 14'x14' live-in cab. After being abandoned in the 1980s, it was renovated and is now available for rent.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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