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Ascent of Cobb Mountain-East Peak on 2018-02-04

Climber: Joe Merlone

Others in Party:Deb Sondak
Kali
Date:Sunday, February 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cobb Mountain-East Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4708 ft / 1434 m

Ascent Trip Report

Afternoon hike in beautiful weather. Parked at turnout just off 175 @ Maple Shadows. We originally drove all the way to top of road a trailhead, and found red truck as described that most folks park behind, but we chose not to park there. Even though it sounds like others have not had problems or neighbors hassle them, the house across the street did have signs indicating they didn't like people parking in/around their property, quote "the last car that parked here is still missing." We elected not to risk it. Climb was steeper than expected up fire road. The conditions were even more deteriorated from previous descriptions. Many downed trees from the fire, and very rough road conditions. Many places we completely lost the trail, and were only able to find with GPS. I would not suggest doing this hike in current state without GPS. Even though, the hike was lovely. Some evidence of the start of recovery, with even a few very small sugar pines. View from about 3/4 to the top over to Mt. St. Helena was lovely. Kinda creepy though, not even a breath of wind, and almost no birds so was almost creepily quiet. We kept thinking we were in some apocalyptic wasteland. Found both new trail registers atop Cobb and East peak, unfortunately condensation seeped into both. Although paper was not soaking wet, it was quite damp and hard to write on. Trip down was easier to find trail. Overall lovely day, and another successful county highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Part of Trip: Cobb Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Cobb Mountain-East Peak2018-02-04 
2Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak2018-02-04 



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