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Ascent of Wysup Peak on 2016-07-04

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wysup Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8990 ft / 2740 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally, Becca and I had planned on doing Bighorn and Dragon's Head from Vivian Creek. Apparently one of those peaks is in the Lake Fire closure area. Since we had the truck with its clearance and 4WD, we took 1N38 up to the 4WD parking spot indicated on the topo map available on the HPS website. 1N38 has a tough section right as you head uphill just after leaving the road. If you can get past this point, you can get to the trailhead.

Once at the trailhead at 8,080+, we headed up Heart Bar Pk - pretty easy from here! The register dates back to the legendary HPS leader George Wysup who was a staunch advocate of climbing summit blocks in spite of the watering-down rules that state summit blocks are optional. George sums it up best if you are lucky enough to find one of his register entries on a more obscure SoCal peak. I couldn't agree more with him - never skip a summit block! - it allows the weak to finish the great Sierra Club lists...

After returning from Heart Bar, we grabbed our lunches and more water from the truck and headed for Wysup Pk. We had met a pair of HPS hikers on Sugarloaf the day before and they highly recommended doing Wysup from Heart Bar - nice ridge apparently. Initially, you can follow a steep 4WD road up quite a ways. I would not want to try this road in my truck - not for the faint of heart... This road tops out right on the ridge below bump 8,868. Becca ran a track from here on her iPhone so that we could find this easy hiking road down to the truck. As usual, my batteries had died part way up Sugarloaf the day before and I had no spares... We skirted the top of bump 8,868 and headed east to the next saddle. Here we picked up an old roadbed that took us around bump 8,763. We cut up around 8,600 ft to stay on the ridge, taking a snack break in the shade under a nice pine tree, enjoying Trader Joe's baked cheese crunchies, Keith's favorite snack! Just past bump 8,745, we joined up with another old road bed as it curved to the NNW side of the final summit push. Another old road intersects it here and heads south towards the summit block area. There are some old RVs and buildings right below here. The summit is a summit block, as George would have wanted. I made it harder than it needed to be, getting in some nice scrambling. After the usual summit pics by the sign and the highest rock to the east, we headed down to the trees for a nice lunch in the shade.

We mostly re-traced our route back to the truck, making a minor detour to bump 8,868. Once on top of 8,868 (some old wires and poles on top), we opted not to log it as it has <300' prom and is not on any list. From there, we headed down to the old road. The pair we had met the day before was spot on. We loved the beautiful west ridge of Wysup Pk, connecting open country with some bits of old roads. I highly recommend this route up this more obscure San Bernardino Mountains summit - a delightful time in the woods with an awesome lady! The drive down to Hwy 38 was uneventful other than a minor rock vs PEAKBG-mobile encounter on the toughest section. The rock won and I have a new racing stripe on whatever you call the piece of metal next to the frame under the passenger door...

Pics from Heart Bar and Wysup.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1610 ft / 490 m
    Total Elevation Loss:700 ft / 213 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1610 ft / 490 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 910 ft / 278 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Loss on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:8080 ft / 2462 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Wysup '16

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
 Heart Bar Peak2016-07-04 a252 ft / 77 m
2Wysup Peak2016-07-04 b1610 ft / 491 m
Total Trip Gain: 1862 ft / 568 m    Total Trip Loss: 700 ft / 213 m



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