Ascent of Pine Mountain-West Summit on 2013-12-28

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pine Mountain-West Summit
    Elevation:1300 ft / 396 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked down with Willie from our campsite while the fmaily slept. Hiked down the dams gabbion erosion control (which was badly in need of repair) and followed the creek beyond the playground park and set a TH starting point in the bottom of the creek and than began with the puppy up and back to the park and up to the campground entrance road, then found the power easement and took that path to avoid any potential early morning traffic although it was sunrise and not a car was out on the road. Continued up the rolling power easement until reached S.R. 190 and at the top of the Pine Hill ridge line where the Vistor Center and water tower are strategically located to afford nice views off to the south side of the mountain range. This was an interesting choice for the visitor center as it was the last subpeak along the Pine Mountain Ridge that exceeds the 1300 foot contour and the clearing for the site was a good as Dowdell Knob. Then I allowed Willie to investigate the woods in a return trip home to our Serro Scotty Camper on the opposing shore of Delano Lake.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:590 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:110 ft / 33 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
45F but preparing to rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:530 ft / 161 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 480 ft / 147 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:meander from creek to road to power line
    Start Trailhead:Bottom of creek beyond park   820 ft / 249 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:power line to roads
    End Trailhead:camper parking lot  

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