Ascent of Devils Head Peak on 2016-12-06

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Others in Party:Andrew Kirmse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
David Sanger -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Devils Head Peak
    Elevation:1112 ft / 338 m

Ascent Trip Report

We met at 9:15 AM, carpooling from the junction of Berryessa Knoxville Road and Knoxville Devilhead Road. The latter is a county-maintained road and, as luck would have it, a crew was working on it that morning.

We encountered a gravel truck, whose driver courteously backed up the narrow road so we could pass by, followed by a parked pick-up. Its driver waved us down and asked us to wait while he radioed ahead to the operator of the grader spreading fresh gravel in what turned out to be the first of many muck holes. Ominously, the driver of the pick-up (the foreman of the crew?) described the road as "a total s**t hole." He wasn't exaggerating!

The road was wet and muddy in places, even after 10 days without rain, and worsened once we turned off the main course. Overall, it took about 45 minutes to drive 8 miles in my Forester.

This was an upside-down hike until we crossed little Mysterious Creek. From there, we hiked through open country to the base of the peak, followed by a short scramble to the summit. The views were unexpectedly good, given the lack of elevation and prominence.

The mason jar holding the summit register had rusted shut but David was able to loosen the lid using the screwdriver attachment on his new Swiss Army knife. While enjoying the scenery and a leisurely lunch, we signed the register and David replaced its plastic bag, which had deteriorated to shreds, with a new one.

Previous ascents, starting from the west and the south, required crossing Putah Creek at least once. Our approach, from the northeast, didn't involve a major creek crossing and had the additional advantage of lying partly in the new Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument.

4.1 miles. 1,400 feet gain. 3h10
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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