Ascent of Bare Mountain on 2014-11-08

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bare Mountain
    Elevation:5353 ft / 1631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful autumn day on the trail!

Started hiking just before 11:00 after making the very LONG drive up the pothole-filled dirt road to get to the trailhead. My odometer said just over 19 miles from the trailhead back to the paved street, which is different from the 23 miles stated on the trip description. The road is passable, but watch out for the many potholes-- some of them are pretty deep.

The weather on Saturday was just about perfect, but it was just after a period of rain so there was quite a bit of water on the trail. There are numerous small runoff crossings on the trail, and the trail itself is a flowing runoff at times. There are also two significant stream crossings in the first mile, as stated in the trail description. The first of these was tricky: there is no bridge available, and the water was flowing too swift and deep to cross safely (and stay dry doing so, anyway) on the rocks. There is a huge log spanning the first half of the split channel, and it looks as though it had been a bridge judging by the hardware sticking out of its side. I carefully made my way across on top of this big hunk of smooth, slick wood. The other side of the split channel was an easy rock-hop, and the second stream crossing still has an intact bridge spanning it. Other than a few muddy spots and some water on the trail, I didn't really encounter any more problems after that.

Once out of the trees and onto the switchbacks climbing the hill, there was plenty of sunshine on the trail. I actually had to strip layers down to shorts and a t-shirt, and this is a week into November! It felt like a summer hike in the sun, only without any bugs and a lot less perspiration. Fewer people, too-- I only encountered a total of ten, and all of those were on or within a mile of the summit. Three guys had camped out overnight at the top, and were still lingering up there when I arrived at about 13:15.

Gorgeous views and a pleasant lunch at the summit, and then an easy, uneventful, and quiet hike back out. Made it back to the trailhead at about 15:30, for a just over 4.5 hour round trip (including rest stops, picture taking, and about 40 minutes at the summit). Great trip!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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