Ascent to Peak 7965-private gate on 2017-11-11

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, November 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Peak 7965 - private gate
    Elevation:7400 ft / 2255 m
    Remaining Elevation:565 ft / 172 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Private property issues. I drove up Stone Gate Drive. It is a private road but the signs have been changed to not say you cant drive up but rather it is narrow and steep and you do at your own risk. BUT at 7400 feet you hit the gate between you and the TV station access road. A man and his daughter followed me up hill and he was very nice but got out of his car to see if I needed help. I explained what I was going and he let me know I was on a private road and I told him I knew and was being careful. Once shown the peakbagger ap he was all excited to tell me how nice the view are at the top but it is gated and technically you are trespassing to continue. Apparently the land the easement up to the TV station goes in owned my a homeowner. He informed me that the locals on the street can go up but the private owners do not want outsiders going up their private drive to the top. As luck would have it the two owners of the lot where the road switch backs to the summit came down and stopped to talk to the man (Tony) and Tony tired to secure permission for me to continue on foot. The man said fine but his wife said no. Both apparently are attorneys and of course in America everything is a lawsuit and they asked Tony to tell me no. Tony actually seemed like he wanted me to go up and see the views and chatted for awhile and said it was up to me, but I told him that I always respected owners wishes and the last thing I would want to do is trespass on some attorneys property. He looked up the properly lines for me and could not figure out a way to bypass their lot. He recommended I try the next mountain over Lindo which has a public drive to the top. That sounded good enough to me so to heck with fighting another mountain with a private road to the top I went to Lindo next and was disappointed again.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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