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Hiking Stats as of 11/15/2018
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 325
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet
Andrew was making good progress on the COHP list, and while I'm actively pursing the list as well, Andrew came up wtih a plan to nearly finish off this list in 2015, minus only a couple of peaks. We are also both pursuing the County prominence peaks as well, with Andrew again making better progress than I. Early in 2015 we developed our respective hiking plans for the year, and had planned out this trip to northeastern CA with the intent to bag Lost Lake Ridge (Butte County HP), Mt. Ingalls, (Plumas HP and PP) Hot Springs Peak (Lassen PP) and Babbitt Peak (Sierra PP) over the course of a Sunday and Monday. I had also thrown in the idea of going up Adams Peak as well, the farthest north of the OGUL peaks and also a P2K (2,000 feet of prominence) and a WSC and SPS peak to boot. Many boxes would be checked off if we completed this five peak run over our 2 days in the mountains.

Adams Peak

I had spent my first night at the new cabin in South Lake Tahoe, and left at 6 AM to make the hour drive north to Truckee to meet Andrew at his motel so we could get started on the Agenda. Our route first took us across the CA/NV border, and the Von Schmidt monument from a long ago survey that has quite a bit of history (a war of sorts between NV and CA over the true border back in the 1800's). Now a park a nice park sits where the boundary monument remains firmly in place. A nice touch indeed. The storied history of the area was captured on several placards, each of which told their own interesting story of the early days of settling in CA. This was a nice side trip to start the day, before we got on to the business at hand.

Adams Peak was a very high priority peak for me, being on the OGUL list but was too far to drive as a daytrip and with poor access roads was not something my car could handle anyway. So when I suggested it to Andrew as a bonus peak, I was really glad that he was willing to give it a go in his AWD Suburu. We drove north on 395 to Constanita Road, where we took a somtimes rough dirt road up many miles. Along the way up we had a wrong turn, glad that someone had thought to put a warning sign that the road we were on ended in a cliff with no turnaround. We quickly abandoned that, and found the right road. As we got higher, the brush began scraping against Andrew's car, and since we were on this peak primarily because of its OGUL status, I cringed with each scrape. We pushed it a bit too far (literally, we past the correct starting location) by a few hundred feed, and the brush closed in, the scraping coming from everywhere. I got out to help Andrew turn around, and he backtracked to a small clearing and parked. In this stretch he ran up against a branch that was louder and more ominous sounding than any other as it scraped the car, and I could see a scratch deeper than anything else on the passengers side. I figured it would no good to point this out at the present time and so we got started on our hike. We went up a very rough road, following it for about 30 minutes and 700 feet of gain. This was easy going, and we were making quick work of this peak. We wound up with some easy cross country, up to the saddle between Adams and its neighbor. It was less than an hour to the summit, where I arrived and watched Andrew head up the class 2 boulder field. Nice views abound, as you would expect from an SPS peak, although the drive was tougher than the hike. That's usually not a fun way to spend a day, but that's what you gotta do to finish off some of these lists. We found the benchmark and the summit register which itself was a treat, dating back to 1972. I found a few familiar names in the 40 year old book, and Andrew and I addded our signatures to the book before heading down the same way we came up. Round trip was 4.5 miles and a bit under 2 hours.

Mt. Ingalls

As I mentioned above, I'm not all that fond of the drive-ups. Well, we took driving up to a whole new level on this one, as we drove up almost all the way up to the top, taking 2 1/2 hours from Adams. We stretched our legs by walking up a small hill to the very windy summit, still holding a bit of snow. Too cold to stay and enjoy the views, which were actually pretty nice or eat lunch, we only stayed long enough to pick out landmarks like Sierra Buttes and to locate the benchmark. Soon we walked back to the car. Yippee.

Lost Lake Ridge

Another long drive of just under 3 hours, as we took Highway 89 through Chester, down to Highway 32 and then many miles on Humbug Road. We drove up to a spot right next to the PCT, which, while easy for us to access to the trail, I'm not sure I like the idea of such traffic so close to the trail when you are nowhere near a major highway crossing. In any event, we hopped on the PCT, and followed it up for a couple of miles. Very easy travel, with only about 500 feet of gain. Barely 30 minutes in we came across a sign marking the start of a spur trail leading to the COHP. The idea of signing the COHP is really a nice touch, something I haven't seen before. Very cool. We followed the spur over the actually summit of Lost Lake Ridge, going downhill about 60 vertical feet from there until we crossed into Butte County, and were instantly on the COHP. Another easy one, and with a long drive back to Susanville ahead for us we started back towards the car, following the same spur trail over the ridge summit and then back to the PCT. Day 1 - 2 COHP's, 1 COPP, 1 OGUL, 1 SPS, 1 WSC for the day's tally. Checking those boxes efficiently...tomorrow would be a bit more challenging with Hot Springs Peak...

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