Ascent of Bear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP on 2014-07-04

Climber: Mike Maki

Others in Party:Mary Maki
Date:Friday, July 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP
    Elevation:6400 ft / 1950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bear Mountain is appropriately named, not because of the animal but the other definition "something that is difficult to do or deal with." My wife and I got started on the trail about 8:30am after spending the night in Grants Pass OR. This was to be our CA Co HP number 52. The drive to the trail-head from US199 is mostly a good paved Forest Service road. Once at the Doe Flat trailhead we took off down the old road until we came to where the new trail mostly contours above Doe Flat and Creek (see GPS trace upload). It's hard to miss the trail to Devils Punchbowl, but keep and eye out for it. There was a Forest Service sign on the ground. It's a steep trail, but well built short switchbacks. It's a rather quick steep climb until you leave the well trodden trail and start following many well placed cairns and descend to the first lake. Saw lots of newts in the lower lake. Continue around to the south end of the lower lake and follow more cairns to the beautiful Devils Punchbowl. Have a snack, enjoy the view of your destination, because now the fun begins. Pick your poison on how you want to ascend to the rim. We had read several reports and chose the talus slope on the right (NW) side of the triangle of trees. We chose to go counter clockwise around the lake as it was shorter. Problem is there is no easy route over or through the brush to get there. On our way up we went high and on the way down we went low. I think the high route was a little easier but still had to bust some brush. Once on the talus slope we continued to climb staying on the talus as much as possible. At one point, about 3/4 up my wife attempted to climb a hard rock portion but got in a bit of a jam that she was fortunate enough to get out of OK. I'd suggest staying in the talus and gully until you reach the rim. You will likely have too climb through some brush near the top, but not much. Once on the rim the travelling is much easier. Stay as close to the rim as possible and you will likely see a faint trail most of the way to the summit. Once you are on the summit the view is awesome! We followed almost the exact same route down and got back right at sunset, 9:00pm. If it were my wife alone it probably would have been a couple hours faster, but I was along so it made for a longer day. Pics from our trip including Humboldt Co HP Salmon Mtn.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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