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Ascent of Sonoma Mountains High Point on 2007-04-01

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 1, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sonoma Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2463 ft / 750 m

Ascent Trip Report

An interesting hike to Sonoma Mountain from Jack London State Park near Glen Ellen. Senior entry fee to the park is $5.00; a useful park map is available for $1.00. The park opens to visitors at 9:30AM. The map shows the trails in detail as well as describing the involvement of Jack and Charmian London in their 1,400-acre Beauty Ranch through his death in 1916 and hers in 1955. The trail from the parking area passes by old farm buildings and circles the Jack London Vineyard, then heads uphill with well placed signs for "Park Summit" or "Mountain Trail." At the end of the first mile is the dammed lake where the Londons entertained and which is a popular picnicking spot today. The trail (road) continues up through the shaded woods, crossing two forks of fern-lined Graham Creek and passing Jack London's hunting camp. Just short of the park's HP the trail breaks out into the open to reveal a great view of Mt. St. Helena to the north and the ridges that extend south along the border of Sonoma and Napa counties, with Hood Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge SP, and the Sonoma Valley in immediate view. To reach the HP of Sonoma Mountain, cross the wire fence at the park HP and stroll XC along the open ridge about 1/4 mile past radio towers to the HP, which is defined by a small outcrop of rocks and Richard Carey's register from 6-20-06. Round trip from parking lot to Sonoma Mountain HP is approx 7.4 miles with 1,700' gain, according to Richard.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Ideal spring day
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Jack London State Park  
Descent Statistics



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