Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2014-04-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bear Mountain
    Elevation:1660 ft / 505 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip reports by the CHPers site above are still valid except the 4 wheel trails described and used in both reports are in bad shape. Winter blow down and briers. I followed the report to park on Burnt Ridge Rd and found the big red gate and started high and tagged the first candidate peak and then hiked down and over to the others. I must say, at the end of the day and after an earlier 6 mile hike, it was very demoralizing stepping over so many downed branches and trees in the historic 4 wheel paths and being snagged in briers. There has been no activity with 4 wheelers on these trails in some time!

Red post fence now has a big tribute to someone who died at the tree past the fence. Careful of many divergent 4 wheel trails in many places so pay attention to your way. None of the paths are really any more "used" than another so you can stray off on an another abandoned 4 wheel path easily. Was not particularly fun nor pretty especially after doing Indian Fort Mountain earlier which has great trails and amazing views.

Parking is a problem along this narrow road with no shoulder. The clearing described in Levi Foust's report is not only the only place to park (one car only) but the only place wide enough to do a 4 point turn to turn around and go the other way so if you miss it, you will go quite a ways looking for anything wide enough to turn back.

Other note to CHPers - I tried to see if one could get these peaks by going down Bear Mountain Road and approaching from the south instead of the north. My plan was to drive the nice maintained unpaved road up to the second reservoir and have a dandy bushwhack up the east side and then perhaps go after Pinnacle Mountain to the east. Very efficient BUT the roadway was clearly marked private property no trespassing so I abandoned that idea. It appeared to some sort of agricultural lands perhaps associated with the college and I saw nobody there but I never want to give highpointers a bad name so, I drove to the south approach in Foust's TR and his worked fine with no signs. In fact I saw no posting at all from his direction.

I got a higher GPS reading on the peak nearest to Burnt Ridge Road not the one labeled Bear Mountain but others may debate and determine which one of the three candidates is the highest - they are all there together.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 151 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:1 &1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:100 ft / 30 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 80 ft / 24 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Burnt Ridge Rd to 4x4 jeep trail
    Start Trailhead:Roadway pull out by gate   1580 ft / 481 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:480 ft / 146 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 80 ft / 24 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    End Trailhead:same  1580 ft / 481 m

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