Ascent of Salt Creek Mountain on 2013-11-10

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Salt Creek Mountain
    Elevation:4379 ft / 1334 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used beta from Adam Helman's trip report (scroll down to September 23) to help with the route on this one.

Note that this peak could be climbed from many spots along the approach road, and I don't know that the route I took was best. I looked at the spur road that my track crosses, but the brush and downfall looked worse on the spur than on the slopes around it. The base of the spur is as far as I drove; I cannot say what the condition of the road is beyond that point.

My notes:

Leave I-5 at the Gilman Road exit (#698) and head easterly on winding pavement for about 17 miles to the north end of the McCloud River Bridge. Set your odometer here. My driving log:

0.0 North end of bridge - cross bridge and pass campground entrance; pavement soon ends
6.2 Bear right on USFS 27, signed "Squaw Creek 4" (left fork signed "North Fork 1")
7.2 Bear right on USFS 27, left would take you onto 35N18
7.7 Turn right onto lesser road - you might need high clearance in spots beyond here
8.0 Turn right, steeply up hill
10.4 Bear left on better road at fork on ridge top - not all the mapped roads were clearly still there
12.1 Park

The hike:

Follow the ridge to the top, and touch all three summit possibilities. The register, at the time of my visit, was on the western bump but I don't know where the highest spot is so I touched many rocks. See my GPS track for more detail. If you pick your path carefully, the brush is not too bad.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:839 ft / 255 m
    Route:NE ridge
    Trailhead:Forest road  3540 ft / 1078 m
Ascent Statistics
    Time:56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:43 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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