Ascent of Pole Mountain on 2016-11-13

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Marcus Sierra -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pole Mountain
    Elevation:2204 ft / 671 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a guided hike by Sonoma Land Trust from their Little Black Mountain Preserve. From this side, it’s only 3 miles to the summit of Pole Mountain. They also run guided hikes from Jenner Headlands on the coast, which is 7 miles each way. By late 2017, the plan is for a parking lot to be built on Route 1 in the Jenner Headlands, and then you’ll be able to climb Pole Mountain anytime you want.

Our guide led a group of 15 of us at a slow pace. He pointed out signs of a devastating fire in 1978 that caused the previous owners to leave the area and donate the land. We visited the former homestead, where the chimney, foundation, and some metal appliances still survive.

There is a lookout at the summit that wasn’t open today. Two reference marks put the benchmark underneath the lookout building, but since there’s a locked fence around the area, it’s impossible to be sure.

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The lookout on the top of Pole Mountain (2016-11-13). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1304 ft / 397 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1304 ft / 397 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 904 ft / 275 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Start Trailhead:1300 ft / 396 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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