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Ascent of Bloomer Hill on 2016-06-16

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Bill Baxter
Michelle Baxter
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bloomer Hill
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3005 ft / 915 m

Ascent Trip Report

The second of three county prominence points in two days.

This was a drive up. If going there from Oroville one takes highway 162 east, passing over the suspension bridge above Lake Oroville. One then turns left or northwest onto Encina Grande Road which will pass by several isolated private homes. There are several side roads but if you just follow the main road it will take you directly to the summit and its towers. It can probably be driven by most cars but I found the road to be a bit bumpy and was glad I had 4WD/high clearance.
This road does loop down the other side as Bloomer Hill Road but I cannot comment on that route except to say one contributor to peakbagger found that road to be even rockier and more troublesome than Encina Grande Road.
There is no red tape. The summit area is in a small island of Plumas National Forest. There is no fencing around the towers, nor gates or locks or signs preventing you from climbing the tower. My daughter and I climbed to the lookout platform where great views were had.

Looking at the topo maps there are actually two nearby but separate closed 3000 foot contour lines. Most peakbaggers feel one needs to summit both to "count" the summit.
However, quite recently the north knoll has been completely cleared and bulldozed flat. It contends no more. I suspect that it will soon be the site of another electronic tower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2 ft / 0 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2 ft / 0 m
    Start Trailhead:Drive up  3003 ft / 915 m
Descent Statistics



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