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Hard on my car but beautiful landscape
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Hard on my car but beautiful landscape


Page Type: Trip Report

Location: California, United States, North America

Object Title: Hard on my car but beautiful landscape

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 21, 2009

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer


Page By: marmoteater

Created/Edited: Aug 13, 2009 / Aug 13, 2009

Object ID: 540595

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The road to the trail head is pretty intense. A two wheel drive can handle it but it is very slow going. I needed new suspension and a total break job once I made it off the mountain (1990 Volvo Station Wagon). This set me back 1,300 bucks. Also got a flat tire on the way down, as did the guy who came down behind us! Beware the road.

Advice: Start summit day early! There were massive thunderheads forming directly over the peak by 11AM. Huge lightening area in the summer time. By 12 the entire ridge was off-limits.

There is no piped water in this area, though I did notice a small lake just below the research station.

Excellent views of the Sierras, with the midpoint of the vantage being Mt. Tom.


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