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Ascent of Mount Defiance on 2014-11-22

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:Kathy Rich <4167> Louise Wholey Ken Toyama
Date:Saturday, November 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Defiance
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2657 ft / 809 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a Loma Prieta Sierra Club dayhike led by myself and Kathy Rich. We had a total of 8 signed up, but the weather reports dampened the enthusiasm of several participants. We ended up with 4 total participants for the day.

From the end of Bear Gulch road, we hiked the Bear Gulch cave trail about 2/3 of a mile to small Bear Gulch reservoir. A little south beyond the reservoir is a saddle with a nice view of Mt. Defiance. From the saddle we hiked a use trail towards the peak a few hundred feet to where it ends. To our right (south) was a brushy ravine that we followed down with some moderate bushwhacking. We left the ravine before it turned east towards the peak and began sidehilling above it on the north bank. There was less brush on this slope to bushwhack through. We gradually descended to where the ravine drops into Frog Canyon. Having entered Frog Canyon, we were now at the base of the NW ridge of Mt. Defiance. We followed Frog Canyon and short ways until we could find a good start for the peak. The climbing was rather steep and loose in places for the first couple hundred feet of gain, but then got easier. The bushwhacking was not a big problem on the way up. This peak had nice views of the Pinnacles area. There were no use trails other than some occasional animal trails, so this peak does not get climbed by humans very often.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2157 ft / 656 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2157 ft / 656 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1757 ft / 535 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1357 ft / 413 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:NW ridge via Bear Gulch Cave trail
    Start Trailhead:Bear Gulch trailhead  1300 ft / 396 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1757 ft / 535 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1357 ft / 413 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:NW ridge
    End Trailhead:Bear Gulch trailhead  1300 ft / 396 m



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