Ascent of Salt Creek Mountain on 2017-05-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, May 25, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Salt Creek Mountain|
| Elevation:||4379 ft / 1334 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI went during a weekday, and things didn't work out so well. There is active logging in the area, and much of the land that the logging roads cross due north of the peak is owned by Sierra Pacific. USFS 27 was closed down low by the loggers, so a couple mile round trip hike turned into a much longer one. There was no signage stating the access was closed to foot traffic, and I got there early enough in the morning that none of the loggers were around yet.
I just followed the logging roads up to near the peak before going cross country. The road beds were in great shape, and are in even better shape now. Near the saddle, I ran into a grader on the way down getting the area ready for the logging trucks. If the trucks don't tear up the roads too bad, I would think a 2WD vehicle could make it most of the way. The road is only drivable a little ways past the saddle anyway. I saw where others encountered blowdown across the road that will require a chainsaw to remove. Past that, I saw older blowdown with holes cut only to ATV width. I doubt that the road will be drivable to Ken Jones' starting point until the area is logged again. It's not that there's too much blowdown, but it doesn't appear that the hunters are maintaining the road for full sized vehicles.
I followed the route up the ridge that others have used. The brush isn't too bad, but it was annoying at times. Both peaks are pretty underwhelming. The east peak is the only one with views, and they aren't particularly good. With the hassle to get out to this area and the bushwhack, it's definitely a dumpster peak.
I noticed I was following a very old logging road down from the summit and took a chance by following it downhill to the east. I was hoping that it would put out into the much more recently maintained road that comes from the saddle. However, the road went into a thicket of young saplings that was too deep for me to want to push through. From that point, I just ended up bushwhacking downhill on terrain that wasn't very good.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2380 ft / 725 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2380 ft / 725 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||11.1 mi / 17.9 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||2380 ft / 725 m|
| Distance:||5.9 mi / 9.5 km|
| Route:||Logging Roads|
| Start Trailhead:||1999 ft / 609 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 52 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2380 ft / 725 m|
| Distance:||5.2 mi / 8.4 km|
| Route:||Logging Roads|
| End Trailhead:||1999 ft / 609 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 33 Minutes|
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