Ascent of English Mountain on 2016-06-21
|Date:||Tuesday, June 21, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8373 ft / 2552 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTurned left onto Meadow Lake Road on the west side of Jackson Meadow Reservoir. Encountered a large mud hole before reaching Catfish Lake. Got out of my car to check the water depth before proceeding. Drove to the left side of the road and made it through ok but not without some fish-tailing and swerving. The road to French Creek also features several erosion-control humps that would be problematic without high clearance. Parked 4 or 5 miles from the paved road, just before the descent to French Creek.
Hiked on the north side of French Creek on the way up until gaining the ridge. This part of the hike was incredibly buggy and I had to be careful not to breath with my mouth open. Yuck! The bugs became more manageable once I reached the ridge and the wind picked up. Followed the ridge to the summit. Found a bit of fun class 3 rock while climbing the false summit located shortly before the highpoint. From the false summit, crossed a beautiful flower-filled meadow and made the easy ascent to the summit, where a weather station with a short antenna is located. Found the SPS summit register, which went back only to 2014, in the metal box at the base of the antenna. Enjoyed the excellent visibility with great views of the surrounding peaks and lakes and north to Lassen.
Went down the same way except dropped a bit more before making the steep descent to "French Lake." After reaching the lake, hiked on the south side of the creek, which was much less brushy than the north side. Ran into occasional use trails and a few ducks here and there on the way down.
Soon after I reached the dirt road, a Calfire truck drove by and stopped for a chat. The driver said she had gotten a flat tire that had been fixed with the assistance of "those two gentlemen." (Not sure who she was referring to.) Anyway, I asked if speeding was the culprit but she said it was actually from running into a downed tree that stripped off the side wall of the tire. Lots of hazards out there ...
In retrospect, I should have crossed the creek on the way down before intersecting the road. The ford was wide and deep and thoroughly soaked my boots. Fortunately, I didn't much mind as I had a second pair of boots waiting in the car for the next day's adventures.
3.5 miles RT. 2,000 feet gain.
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| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Hot and excessively buggy|
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