Ascent of McCarthy Point on 2004-06-13

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Pete yamagata
Date:Sunday, June 13, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:McCarthy Point
    Elevation:3845 ft / 1171 m

Ascent Trip Report

From U.S. 99 near Chico take the Cohasset Rd to Cohasset. From the end of the paved road the route (Ponderosa Way) follows a rough, often rutted road for 14 miles down to the Deer Creek Crossing, bordering the Ishi Wilderness. The road improves after crossing the creek as it continues another 14 miles to the turnoff for McCarthy Point shortly beyond The Narrows. There is no formal sign, but an orange diamond marker nailed to a tree does the job. McCarthy Point is 1+ mile distant with a locked gate 100 yards or so from the L.O. The first building you notice is a garage. The L.O., reached by a wheelchair accessible trail, is located a bit lower down on a prominent outlook on the Mill Creek Rim. Very extensive, impressive westerly views of Mill Creek Canyon and the Ishi Wilderness. The L.O. differs from the norm in being a wooden "cab"
perched atop a natural rock outcropping instead of being atop a steel tower. Built in 1936, it has long been out of service. Ten years ago, with dedicated volunteer help, it was restored to its orignal condition. The attractive two-room cabin with outdoor deck is available for rent ($60/night). Returning to the "main" road Pete Yamagata and I continued the drive NW for 16 miles to connect with the Lassen Trail. Once again we descended to cross Deer Creek before reaching CA 32.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:3845 ft / 1171 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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