Two Rock Ridge
Lookout Peak P900
Peak 5,675ft P300
Peak 4,757ft P500
Peak 4,625ft P300
Peak 4,668ft P1K

Mon, Jul 8, 2019
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This was the beginning of a short four day trip to Northern California. Today was mostly a travel day, leaving me about half a day to tag some orphaned prominence summits in the Trinity Mountains north of SR36 and south of SR299. The area is a patchwork of BLM/Forest/private lands so I wasn't sure that I'd be able to get to any of them. I managed to get two of the three peaks of interest, leaving Bluenose Peak undone due to locked gates.

Two Rock Ridge/Lookout Peak/Peak 5,675ft

These three are clustered near each other about nine miles up dirt Bully Choop Rd from the south, starting at paved Platina Rd. The road can be navigated by high-clearance, but is too rutted for passenger vehicles. All three peaks lie on private lands, mostly Sierra Pacific timber. Bully Choop Rd and several spur roads are nicely open to the public. Two Rock Ridge is just a local highpoint on Lookout Peak's SW Ridge. The road conveniently goes across the saddle between the two points and it takes just a few minutes to visit Two Rock Ridge's summit. Lookout Peak is most easily approached from the north, utilzing an old firebreak running up the North Ridge. The hike takes less than 15min with mostly open views. Heavy haze in the Sacramento Valley marred views east and south. To the north rises the most dominant peak in the area, Bully Choop, just over 3mi away. Peak 5,675ft is found about a mile northwest of Lookout Peak. An old firebreak runs up the ESE Ridge, with an old spur road reaching it conveniently from my starting point. An even better view of Bully Choop can be had from its summit.

Bluenose Peak is only 3mi west of Peak 5,675ft, connected by a ridgeline separating Trinity and Shasta Counties. A road follows along this ridge, originating from near Two Rock Ridge where there is a locked gate, signed for No Trespassing. I had thought this was all timber company property, but there may be a resident living just down the road near Cold Springs. I decided the better option would be to approach Bluenose Peak from the southwest.

Peak 4,757ft/Peak 4,625ft/Bluenose Peak

I drove all the way back down to Platina Rd, then west to SR36 at Platina, then further west for some miles. When I saw a sign for Deer Lick Springs, I turned off the highway and headed up Harrison Gulch Rd, a well-maintained dirt forest road. It climbs northwest into the range, and after a number of miles I turned right onto Deerlick Knob Rd, another good road that climbs NE along the crest of the Trinity Mountains towards Bluenose Peak. There are a number of lesser summits along the road that can be climbed fairly easily. The two unnamed ones I climbed both had more than 300ft of prominence. I was feeling a bit lazy, so I skipped the other 3-4 that had less than this amount. Peak 4,757ft had some brush to wade through at the start before reaching an old firebreak along the South Ridge that made the rest of the climb a snap. Peak 4,625ft was a pretty trivial climb, taking all of six minutes, no brush. I returned to the jeep hoping to get to Bluenose Peak next. About half a mile northeast of Peak 4,625ft, I came to a fork, turned right, then came to another fork after a short descent. Here my luck ran out when I came across a locked gate (unsigned, at least) on the fork continuing to Bluenose Peak. At this point I was still 4mi from Bluenose and did not feel like starting an 8mi hike at three in the afternoon. I decided this would better be done with a bike and gave it up for now.

Peak 4,668ft

Though only 13mi west of Bluenose Peak, this unnamed P1K would take me more than two hours of additional driving to get to. I descended northwest to Browns Creek and Deerlick Springs Rd, then north to the pavement of Highway 3. I turned left and followed this southwest to Hayfork Valley with Peak 4,668ft rising up to the south. The peak and surrounding areas are in the Trinity National Forest with two ways to reach it. I tried the shorter route from the east off paved Wildwood Rd first. A forest road heads up from Hayfork Creek and the pavement at Staffords Crossing, but the road was recently washed out about a mile up Carrier Gulch. I then drove all the way around the mountain to approach from the west, via a forest road that starts near the Hayfork Airport, going up Kingsbury Gulch. Kingsbury Rd is decently maintained though high-clearance is recommended. I drove more than 10mi up this road to get within a quarter mile of the summit where the road reaches a saddle on the southeast side of the summit. I could have driven the jeep to the top (it looks to have been done at least a few times), but chose to walk the short distance through open forest to the top. There are some views through the trees of Hayfork Valley to the northwest. It was nearly 5:30p by the time I finished up. I showered where I'd parked before heading back down the mountain and then driving to Weaverville where I got dinner. Later that evening I drove to the Canyon Creek TH in the Trinity Alps. Big day planned for tomorrow...


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