Ascent of Sheetiron Mountain on 2014-04-13

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 13, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sheetiron Mountain
    Elevation:6503 ft / 1982 m

Ascent Trip Report

According to Richard Carey's Peakbagging website, Sheetiron Mtn is one of 972 peaks in California with over 1000 ft of prominence.

To get there, I drove Hwy 5 to Willows, then west on Hwy 162 to Rd 306. I turned left onto 306, drove through the town of Elk Creek, and then right (west) onto Rd 308 south of Elk Creek. After 4.8 mi. on Rd 308, the road went from paved to dirt. In another 0.35 mi there was a junction. Either way goes to Rd M3 on the main range ridge. Taking a right at this junction has a little better road surface overall. A total of 8.2 miles from the junction gets you to Rd M3.

It's roughly 9 miles south from here on Rd M3 to the unsigned right turn on an narrow abandoned road that leads to the Sheetiron Mtn summit. If you pass the road and reach a saddle where it starts downhill (there's a M3 road sign at this saddle with a elevation sign), you went about 0.3 mi. too far. I decided to drive partway up although I could have simply started walking from the junction. I ended up parking after about 0.3 mi at another road junction due to patchy snow on the road. From here I took the short walk up the road on the left to the summit.

Great views of St. John Mtn and Snow Mtn, which had some snow cover at the top. Nothing left of the old lookout tower that was here except for the cement base. A register was among a small outcropping of rock that is the high point of the peak, about 75 ft to the west of the cement base. The famous climber Barbara Lilley had left the register here in 2011.

The road surface up to Rd M3, and then south on M3 to the turnoff for the peak is good-to-excellent graded dirt road. As long as the surface is dry, a passenger car could make the journey.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:403 ft / 122 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Old dirt road to summit
    Trailhead:6100 ft / 1859 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground

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