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Ascent of Johnstone Peak on 2016-09-05

Climber: Pat Wells

Date:Monday, September 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Johnstone Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3178 ft / 968 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not a very interesting road hike. The road, which is steep in sections--actually, about 50% of the hike is steep--has been cleared entirely of plant life and is wide all the way to the peak. The peak is in the Experimental Forest (off limits), but not much harm can be done on a dirt road, so hike it I did. No shade, but great views all along the road as well as several curious structures. The first set of towers is not the peak; I hiked past them to the junction of Johnstone Motorway and Bluebird Canyon Road. At that point, there is a sign with an arrow pointing toward Johnstone Lookout Tower (long since removed). From that point, it's 1/2 mile to the installations. The road goes around the peak and up the back side of the mountain. There are some Live Oak Trees at the peak--the first shade on the hike. At that point, I finally felt like I was in the mountains.
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