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The second summit, The Knife, is located a mile and quarter to the northeast. David Naylor had reached this summit from the south, starting at the Donlan Point staging area, about 3.5mi one-way. That route goes over Wiedemann Hill, a P1K I had climbed five years earlier, and also crosses onto private property. I figured I could more easily reach it from Barrett BM since I was already there, via a connecting ridgeline that drops more than 300ft before climbing almost 1,000t up to the main crest where The Knife is located near Wiedemann Hill. There were a number of small herds of cattle grazing on the lands between the two summits and it was with some caution that I traversed from one to the other. I weaved around the various herds to minimize disrupting them, all the while keeping an eye out for any ranchers that might be out tending to the herds. I was happy to see no one during the entire outing. The entire route can be made up and down grassy slopes, sometimes using cow paths or old ranch roads that see little traffic. At one point when I ducked through the adjacent oak forest to avoid some cattle, I came across some old irrigation tubes that suggested a marijuana grow site at some time in the past. A low fence had been erected on the uphill side adjacent to the grazing slopes, presumeably to keep the cattle from trampling the crops. The fence and tubes were in disarray, and I guessed the site was at least a decade old.
In a TR found on LoJ, David Naylor describes the location of The Knife as misplaced and I have to agree with him. The 7.5' topo map shows the feature further to the north and LoJ has assigned it to a grassy knoll nearby, looking nothing like its namesake. More likely, the name was intended for a narrow, rocky ridge closer to Wiedemann Hill. It was here that he left a register that I found adjacent to some barbed wire art, placed by another party, years earlier. I left my signature before heading back. I was going to pay a second visit to Wiedemann Hill, but I was worried I might get caught up in rush-hour traffic on my return if I did, ultimately skipping it.
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