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Ascent of Pilot Knob on 2007-10-13

Climber: Lisa Barboza

Date:Saturday, October 13, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pilot Knob
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12245 ft / 3732 m

Ascent Trip Report

An October trip to the southern Sierra. With my friend, Louise Wholey. This peak is off limits unless you speak with the Indian reservation and pay a fee, or sweet talk the ranchers - we opted for the latter. We simply asked if we could hike along the river to gain the peak, and they said yes!

We chose the south slope, a big mistake. What was CL2 scrub quickly turned into CL3 with Yucca spikes poking you in the leg. We got through that section, and found a pine forest of Pinyon pine which was easier going. On the way down, we chose a sandy chute on the west side and got down in a breeze. All in all, a nice climb.

Note: this peak was on the SPS list, but later removed because of access issues.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3610 ft / 1100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Trailhead:8635 ft / 2631 m
    Grade/Class:CL3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)



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