Ascent of Big Huckleberry Mountain on 2018-06-10

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Big Huckleberry Mountain
    Elevation:4200 ft / 1280 m

Ascent Trip Report

I think this is probably the shortest route on the peak as I followed Ken J's path. Public with no gates. Take Cook Underwood Road to Willard, population 46. Left on 66, left on 6605 which TOPO calls Big Huckleberry Road. Presumably the road route used to staff and supply the lookout back in the day. So 6605 is probably the crux here. The road bed is solid aside from potholes and a bit of slumping 1 mile and 1.5 miles before the end. However, the brush is winning. If you are a timid type and don't like branches scraping your car then you need a different approach. Not many years left on this one unless someone cuts back the brush which would be doable. But it's fine for now if you are ambivalent on your paint job. I didn't ever have any concern on whether I would make it although the road felt like it was dying for much of this long slow drive. Also, my map showed a gap along 6605 where it is not contiguous to the NW of Grassy Knoll but rest assured the road goes through.

Anyway, I drove to the 3520' saddle area N of the peak. Parked here with the intend of a short off trail segment per Ken's track but I found a marginal dirt track through the woods going all the way to the PCT. I parked anyway but you probably could drive right to the trail with 4WD but it's like 7 minutes of flat road walking so whatever. From there just hike the PCT which is in good shape of course. Trail is not as mapped but it's PCT so it's obvious. GPS descent track is attached. On the way up I went to the SW ridge where a signed obvious summit trail is found. This is a bit indirect and drops a little too if you're coming from the N so I schwacked it back to the trail on the return. You can see part way up the summit trail where I started tracking my descent route. Summit is old LO site with just nails and cables etc. Campfire circle appears to be the high ground. I'd imagine it has views but i would have had to imagine them on this day given the wintery conditions. I didn't linger as I was wet and cold. Descent was uneventful. Surprising how long the drive here is from Graham.

Pleasant little hike as this goes through pretty forest. And you can tag the peak this way and get some other peaks in. I'd hoped to scout Monte Cristo but the drive was long, I arose late, and I was soaked and ready to go home. Good choice for a terrible weather day since this was all just trail in forest. But yeah, pretty cold and wet day and my hands were getting numb by the time I returned to the car. Bobby was a trooper because he's a dog.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:840 ft / 255 m
    Total Elevation Loss:840 ft / 255 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:800 ft / 243 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 680 ft / 208 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Start Trailhead:FS 6605  3520 ft / 1072 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:720 ft / 219 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 680 ft / 208 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    End Trailhead:FS 6605  3520 ft / 1072 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Noel
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