Ascent of Birch Mountain on 2016-06-11

Climber: Pat Wells

Others in Party:Frank Martin
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Birch Mountain
    Elevation:7826 ft / 2385 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail to the saddle is easy to follow, as is the trail to Oak Glen Divide Trail. After that, the trail is vague and overgrown, but we didn't have any trouble finding it. There is a nice "garden" of Yerba Manta in bloom, which had several butterflies nectaring on the flowers. The use trail to the peak is marked by a duct; it, too, appears to be rarely used. The gnats were plentiful--broke out the bug net and wore it for almost the entire hike. Lots of wildflowers still blooming--Indian Paintbrushes, Monkey Flowers, Penstemons, Western Wall Flowers, Clarkias, etc. Low clouds abounded, but unfortunately, for us did not block the sun. Didn't find the register, but didn't look really look for it either. It was a warm day, so I just wanted to sit and rest.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3100 ft / 944 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3100 ft / 944 m
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3100 ft / 944 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Start Trailhead:4726 ft / 1440 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3100 ft / 944 m
    End Trailhead:4726 ft / 1440 m

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