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Ascent of Willow Creek Mountain on 2017-08-12

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Willow Creek Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7829 ft / 2386 m

Ascent Trip Report

i was heading north. gmaps seems to have this area well mapped, and it matched fred's directions on the way up. as connor found last year the road is in great condition. the only issue i had was some manzanita bush encroachment on the road. after the hike i was headed to the north, and gmaps found an even better road -- no bushes to worry about. i did record a track of the drive up and down.

i hiked up the east ridge, it was pretty pleasant. nice forest with pleasant understory: just some crunchy dead branches, and occasional low laying bush you can stomp over easily. on the way up i hiked every rock on the way to the summit... all but the second last was a waste of time. as connor noted, the high point may actually be to the west of the peakbagger point by 100' or so.

on the way down i wanted to avoid going up/down on the ridge again, so i dropped a bit on the north side of the ridge. i ended up dropping a bit too far, and had a steep side-hill to deal with until i gave in and re-ascended the ridge. then it was pleasant downhill again.

haze from various forest fires didn't help the views much... i could see goosenest to the south, but could barely make out the snow on shasta beyond it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:522 ft / 158 m
    Total Elevation Loss:522 ft / 159 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
smokey haze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:482 ft / 146 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.4 km
    Start Trailhead:7347 ft / 2239 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:522 ft / 159 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 482 ft / 147 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    End Trailhead:7347 ft / 2239 m
    Time:29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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