Ascent of Boardman North on 2018-03-30

Climber: Greg Sweel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, March 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boardman North
    Elevation:3626 ft / 1105 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the day before a full moon, I drove in from I5 along Del Puerto Canyon Road (Hwy 130) crossing Stanislaus County line into Santa Clara County. It was early evening as the sun was going down and the area is green from the recent rains. On the last trip a couple of months ago to Mt. Stakes, I drove in darkness and missed the beautiful scenery, not this time. Stopped at the intersection with San Antonio Road to put on boots. Proceeded another 6 miles to a small pull-out on the last curve before the customary starting point most others have mentioned. I credit the previous trip reporter with this location as it is an easy slide under the barbed wire fence and a traverse above the road. Just follow the cow path north to the creek and then up to the main dirt road. Croaking frogs could be heard in the small creek and ponds along the way to the uphill portion of the hike. Took about an hour to Mocho saddle and from there it is mostly level contouring. Same descriptions made by others, with the additional sightings of bats. Up and over Mt. Boardman and on the summit of Boardman North in almost 2.5 hours. Located the USGS benchmark just north of the fenced in instrumentation compounds on top. Views of lights in the central valley. Returned the same way. Did not summit Mt. Mocho. Back in South Pocket, I continued further west before following the fence line just above the road and back to the car at 12:35 am. Very peaceful and pleasant hike. Easier than Mt. Stakes. The almost full moon was a perfect hiking companion.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:776 ft / 236 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:South Pocket
    Trailhead:Curve on Mines Road  2850 ft / 868 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Started 67 degrees. Finished 45 degrees
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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