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Climbing California's Mountains
by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)
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The first 1.5 miles of this route were great, with excellent trail conditions following a beautiful tumbling creek. BUT, as the forest service trail entered the Hoover Wilderness, the trail disappears in 8' high bushes. From here on, the "trail" is more of a cross-country route over scree and boulder slides. Lots of unstable footing, and no sign of a maintained trail make the last 2 miles and 4,000' elevation gain very challenging. The final route to the top of the peak involves boulder hopping and pure cross-country travel with no clue as to how far the final summit is from the pass. As a lone hiker on an isolated peak, I turned around above the pass, but short of the summit having not allowed enough time for the very poor trail/route conditions.
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