Ascent of Adams Peak on 2014-08-30

Climber: Dan Baxter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Adams Peak
    Elevation:8197 ft / 2498 m

Ascent Trip Report

I summited Adams Peak from the west. Because of the difficult scrub I encountered on this route, I would advise not to take my path. Although scrub was a problem for Dennis Poulin and others who climbed Adams from the NE, it sounds like they had an easier time than the route from the west.

I chose the western route because of its proximity to the drive up route for Dixie Mtn, another Calif 2000'+ prominence peak. Both peaks can be found by driving north on rte 284 north out of the hamlet of Chilcoot, toward Frenchman Lake.

Drive 4.6 miles north out of Chilccot (not the 4.8 described in one report).
Turn R onto an unsigned dirt road just before the "Frenchman Rec Area" sign. This is rd 24N44. Reset your odometer.
0.3 mi cattle guard
Go past 5924 and all spurs
At 4.1 mi a cattle guard. Just past this at 4.2 mi go R. There is no road sign onto this but looking back you will see a miliage sign.
At 5.3 mi go L at a fork not on the topo map.
At 6.5 mi there is a private meadow with a corrigated building on the L, then a fork gated to to R. Go L.
At 7.4 mi there is a ridge line with good parking. I parked here but wished I drove a little farther to the hairpin turn at lat 39.903 long 120.11. I ended up walking the road to here, where a good pullout is located.

From here the peak which is just SW of Adams can be seen, as well as the ridge line which goes S from that false summit. fI climbed E up to the saddle along that ridgeline, at Lat 39.904 Long 120.10. The climb was primarily through forest, with only a mild hindrance by slippery pine needles. There was some brush.

Once past the saddle, however, I saw that the path N to Adams was virtually all brush, and a nasty brush at that.This added about an hour to the climb. Once I reached the notch between Adams and the peak to the SW, the brush was much more avoidable. Here it was steep but the rocks easily climbed. I went up a chute and found myself just W of the lesser SE summit.I would have climbed that too, but now there were these short trees which were a nuisance in their own way, so I just headed NW up to the true HP, which I could now see, with its pole and all. The "pole" was actually a piece of a wired relic of a triangulation station. Nearby was an undated benchmark and a tin cylinder type canister with a climber's register.

Heading down I used Dennis Poulin's chute with little brush to the saddle, then decided to go counterclockwise around the SW false summit. This was a better route, but not by much. I still cursed the brush, and tried to stay in slightly better forest whenever possible.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1827 ft / 556 m
    Total Elevation Loss:525 ft / 160 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1302 ft / 396 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:6895 ft / 2101 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:525 ft / 160 m
    Gain on way out:525 ft / 160 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Time:1 Hours 16 Minutes

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