Ascent of Cobb Mountain-East Peak on 2016-02-06

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cobb Mountain-East Peak
    Elevation:4708 ft / 1434 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left the Bay Area at 3:50a on a Saturday with the intent to hit the trail by 7a and be back at the car before 10a. From past trip reports, I wasn't sure whether I'd run into angry homeowners or welcoming ones--or whether anyone would even care about my presence. For that reason, I wanted to start early and end as quickly as possible.

Arrived at 6:40a, happily ahead of schedule, yay. Parked at the end of Pinewood Way (38.813580, -122.716498), off to the right near an old red truck that doesn't look like it's moved in 10 years. Several nearby houses within a stone's throw of where I parked. Actually wasn't sure if it was even okay to park where I did, so I left a note with an apology and noted my return time in case anyone got annoyed at my car's presence. Last thing I'd want to do would be intrude into someone's personal space.

If I were to do it again, I'd probably have parked near the north intersection of 175 and Maple Shadows Dr (38.813467, -122.711767) and walked from there. One note--Maple Shadows Dr actually crosses 175 at two different locations. You want the northern-most intersection, not the southern one.

Gate at the trailhead had been knocked off its hinge and lay on the ground on the left. Open gate? Works for me.

The old jeep trail quickly becomes non-jeep-friendly due to a lot of washout and large trees that had fallen across the path. The obstacles wouldn't be good for jeeps, but they pose no problem for the lowly hiker. Navigation is simple. Just follow the path up.

Summit of Cobb East consists of a boulder about 15ft high. Not many good holds. I used the tree on its north side (photo shows the opposite side) to scramble to the top.

Next stop: Cobb Mtn West
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1828 ft / 557 m
    Total Elevation Loss:209 ft / 63 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1798 ft / 548 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Gate at Pinewood Way  2910 ft / 886 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:209 ft / 63 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 179 ft / 54 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:Cobb Mtn Rd  4529 ft / 1380 m
    Time:4 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: CobbMtn.20160207

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cobb Mountain-East Peak2016-02-06 a1828 ft / 557 m
2Cobb Mountain2016-02-06 b231 ft / 70 m
3Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak2016-02-06 c630 ft / 192 m
Total Trip Gain: 2689 ft / 819 m    Total Trip Loss: 2689 ft / 820 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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