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Ascent of Burro Peak on 2015-06-17

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Burro Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3220 ft / 981 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen and Bruce Craig. Again, we had planned on in addition to Burro and 3560’ (which is on the ridge to Burro) we were going to do 3529’ which is off the trail from Heaton Flats. However, Burro and 3560’ turned out to be a lot tougher than we thought. And when we got over to the trail head for 3529’, the temperature was 92. This was too hot for a 1500’ gain hike. We decided to save it for another day.
We started at a point about 4 miles from E. East Fork turnoff on Highway 39. We found an old Forest Service road (I believe it was 2N19) and started down it to get down to the North Fork creek. We walked about 1/3 mile to a use trail that dropped down to a group of foundations for a number of homes. We spent little time looking at the foundation then crossed the creek. We were looking for a gully that ran up to the ridge to Burro that looked somewhat open. Crossing the creek was no problem. On the way up, we missed that gully and just fought our way up a ridge to the ridge to Burro and 3560. This was probably the hardest, steepest hike I have ever done. We went from 2150’ at creek level to the ridge at 3200’, a 1050’ gain in 1/3 mile. The terrain was loose, rocks crumbled under out feet and we fought our way through head high bush most of the way. Once we made the ridge we turn right (southwest) to Burro which was about a ¼ mile away. The bush was bearable on the ridge. From Burro, we returned to the point we came up to. George and Bruce continued on to Peak 3560’. I decided to wait for them. I was tired of fighting brush. It took them an hour to do the 1 mile round trip and 400’ of gain. On the return, we went down the gully we wanted to go up. Although there was not as much brush as the inbound, it was still loose and steep. In my opinion I think the inbound route was a little easier. You could use the brush to pull yourself up. Anyway you look at it, it is a tough hike.
6:40 am Depart.
9:20 am Burro. 3220’
11:00 am Departed the ridge.
1:15 pm Car. 1.9 miles rt (for me, 2.9 for George and Bruce), 1300’ gain
6 hours, 35 minutes.
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