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Ascent of Double Mountain on 2016-10-07

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:David Sanger -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Double Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7981 ft / 2432 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked in the campground at Tehachapi Mountain Park near a sign advertising a trail to Tehachapi Mountain, 2.5 miles. There’s only room for one or two cars right at the trailhead. The trail is a dirt road for the first section until it departs to the left and climbs steeply uphill. Where the trail nearly meets another dirt road just to its left, there is a section of dilapidated barbed wire, easily avoided, and then a more recent cord strung between two trees, one of them displaying a “No Hunting” sign. The topo map makes this look like the park boundary, and it’s not entirely clear what the status of the land past it is. Also suspicious is the fact that the peak is on the HPS list, but there’s no register at the top. This article from 2011 and this one from 2012 (which I found after the hike) make it sound like the area is private.

From the summit of Tehachapi we angled southwest down a steep slope towards the saddle marked 7239 on the topo map. To our left, a small cabin was briefly visible, and we wanted to remain out of sight. At the saddle we met a dirt road and followed it all the way up to the summits of Double Mountain. The farther summit has lots of antennas, and we found a drill hole and a circle where a benchmark had clearly been removed. On the other summit, we found the “Double” benchmark and a register. We returned the way we came. Near the cabin we saw a red stop sign mounted on a tree, declaring the area private property.

Photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3881 ft / 1182 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1900 ft / 579 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3881 ft / 1182 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1981 ft / 604 m; Extra: 1900 ft / 579m
    Loss on way in:1900 ft / 579 m
    Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Start Trailhead:Tehachapi Mountain Park  6000 ft / 1828 m
Descent Statistics



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