Ascent of South Yolla Bolly Mountain on 2017-06-03

Climber: Scott Burley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:South Yolla Bolly Mountain
    Elevation:8094 ft / 2467 m

Ascent Trip Report

Many snow patches remaining in the area, but nearly all are avoidable. There were a couple short "ledges", about 10 feet high, packed with snow, but I was able to climb these pretty easily by kicking steps. I generally kept to the left (south) side of the many rock outcroppings on the ridge, as the right side looked steeper and had more snow.

For the vehicle approach, I followed the same strategy as Dean Gaudet and let my car GPS guide me. Piecing things together after the fact, I came in from Red Bluff using Colyear Springs Rd/Ball Rock Rd/M22 (all the same road, different names on the map), then a couple miles on 25N19 to the TH. This did involve some snow crossings within a mile or two of the TH, but I was able to get through ok in 4-low. Going out was a bit more nerve-wracking as I was taking a different route (heading home to SF), it was getting dark, and I had to trust that my jeep could handle whatever roads the GPS decided to throw at me. I think I even ran into the same downed tree as Dean (on 24N05 at roughly 39.912, -122.737), no idea what the GPS was trying to do there. The best route out is actually pretty simple, just descend 25N19, turning right on M22 this time, keep left on M2 at Cold Springs Station, and follow it all the way to Paskenta. That's basically what I did, except the GPS had me bypass Cold Springs via 24N04/25N39. That and the aborted "shortcut" up 24N05.

I would be very cautious about attempting this without high clearance 4x4, even if following the main roads and waiting for the last of the snow to melt. M22 and M2 are generally wide and well graded on the southern route, but there are numerous little washouts and water bars that could cause problems. 4x4 is definitely required for the last 2 miles on 25N19 to the TH, and on the route from Red Bluff.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1240 ft / 377 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1240 ft / 377 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1240 ft / 377 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Ides Cove TH  6854 ft / 2089 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1240 ft / 377 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:Ides Cove TH  6854 ft / 2089 m
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Scott Burley
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