Ascent of Pearsoll Peak on 2009-09-29

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Michael Brush
Date:Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pearsoll Peak
    Elevation:5080 ft / 1548 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pearsoll Peak is a 2KP peak (2,618' of prominence)in OR's Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Siskiyou NF. A L.O. (1954)is perched on the summit. After years of decline it closed in 1973 but since then has been restored by volunteers from the Sand Mountain Society and is now a popular rental L.O. despite its rather challenging approach. From Selma on OR 199 head east on FSR 4103 about 10 miles to FSR 087, which descends steeply to cross the Illinois River on a wood-plank water-level bridge to the McCaleb Ranch and a locked gate. From here it is a demandingly steep, rocky, rough drive of 4.4 miles to Chetco Pass. Careful driving required. 4WD is strongly advised. A burned-out truck, no doubt abandoned years ago, sits prominently in the saddle.
Michael Brush and I then continued from Chetco Pass another 1.5 miles to park off the road about 1/4 mile from its terminus on Pearsoll Peak. A good trail then leads in less than a mile to the summit and its precariously situated L.O. Visibility was poor with light rain and wet snow flurries. Well maintained ground-level L.O. cab with interesting logbook entries. Views in clear weather must be great from this prominent, isolated promontory. Return same way to Chetco Pass, McCaleb Ranch, and Selma.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Poor--light rain, wet snow flurries, limited visibility, no sun

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