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Ascent of Berryessa Peak on 2015-07-21

Climber: Tobias Flach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Berryessa Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3057 ft / 931 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail is well established these days and has plenty of markings along the way. There is a sign at the trailhead describing the Berryessa Peak Trail and at crucial junctions mentioned in other trip reports there are markers now (but honestly this trail is the only one used these days and you have to try really hard to make a wrong turn anywhere). The easement section suffers from a bit of erosion but otherwise there is nothing technical about this hike. It is a tough one though, and I made it harder than necessary by deciding to go in today's heat. Most of the trip up was in the shade of the ridge followed by a big cloud blocking the sun, but on the way down (and there is some elevation gain on the way back) I was boiling. I easily went through my 5 litres of water and gatorade.

Overall, very enjoyable trip with different flavors of scenery: golden hills with manzanita trees, a rocky ridgeline, shrubs in a field of black spires created by a forest fire long ago.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3457 ft / 1053 m
    Extra Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.6 mi / 23.5 km
    Route:Berryessa Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Berryessa Peak Trailhead  600 ft / 182 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes



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