Ascent of Chitterden Ridge on 2007-11-23

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 23, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chitterden Ridge
    Elevation:2780 ft / 847 m

Ascent Trip Report

Chitterden Ridge with a prominence of approx. 740' is the prominence HP of Yuba County. Driving up Willow Glen Rd south of Brownsville I spied several likely access points to Chitterden Ridge but didn't explore them further because they ran through residential property. From Brownsville I drove down Frenchtown Rd to a point 0.1 mile beyond its junction with New York House Rd. I parked at a yellow gate across a dirt road near a mail box numbered 16382. (The sign at the gate advised that this land is private forest.) I followed this road a short distance before it became an unmaintained roadbed heading gently uphill. When it gave out, I continued XC uphill through the forest with minor bushwhacking. I next crawled under a tight barbed wire fence at a lateral road which probably marks the boundary of the private land I had been traversing. I continued tramping uphill before crossing another, more prominent dirt road. I crossed it and soon was at the forested summit area. I couldn't be certain of the "true" summit, which could be one of several bumps in the open part or in the denser forested area. I checked them all. Unable to find a record of Edward Earl's ascent. The road I crossed just before the summit may well lead down to Willow Glen Rd. I retraced my steps to Frenchtown Rd, feeling lucky to have found my objective without benefit of map or GPS directions. RT distance of about 3.5 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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