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Ascent of South Yolla Bolly Mountain on 2016-06-18

Climber: Swingshift Hiker

Date:Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Yolla Bolly Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8094 ft / 2467 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed instructions on SP to get there, which were pretty spot on, except that the sign for Ide's Cove at the junction of M22 and 25N19 was missing. The junction is 8.7 miles after the M2/M22 junction. 25N19 goes up the hill to the left at the "Y" junction".

I wanted a little longer hike than is shown for some of the previous posts, so instead of going straight up the ridge to the west, I took a horse trail around to the south. It diverges from the usual peak to the left about 60 yards from the trail sign. I figured there may be a trail up the southern ridge. I didn't find one. The horse trail continued south. I began scrambling up the southern ridge and within 75 yards, came across a trail which went around the south end of the mountain, to the west side of the mountain. This faint trail gradually gained a few hundred feet. Due west of the summit, I scrambled the remaining 700 feet of elevation to the summit. It was steep, but between the vegetation and the rock outcroppings, there were enough natural steps to keep it from being exposed. Unfortunately, just off the north edge of the peak, the conditions were such that clouds were actively forming and obstructing views to the north. There was a summit registry tucked in a rock cubbyhole next to the summit.
I took the ridge back down the ridge to the east, to the trail head, effectively making a loop, slightly longer than 6 miles. The ridge offered some great views to the north which I did not get on the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1469 ft / 447 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1469 ft / 446 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1469 ft / 447 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1269 ft / 387 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Ide's Cove trailhead  6825 ft / 2080 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1269 ft / 386 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    End Trailhead:Ide's Cove  6825 ft / 2080 m
    Time:45 Minutes



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