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butterflywings73Route Climbed: Botter's Gap Date Climbed: 8/21/01  Sucess!

butterflywings73

The trails was quite overgrown and now well marked at all. We did make the summit, however we ended up taking a wrong turn along the way (at the point that the campgrounds intersect).



We contemplated turning around once we reached Devil's Peak (which was the most difficult portion of the climb). But we decided to continue on, and I'm glad we did. The climb to the summit wasn't that much more father, and a lot less difficult.



The summit is marked only by a pile of rocks. You must climb up these to get any view due to the overgrown bushes all around.



Watch out for the boyscouts at the base, and the large buses on the seemingly one lane, but paved, road that takes you to Botter's Gap.
Posted Sep 8, 2002 3:12 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: Mount Carmel Trail from Bottchers Gap Date Climbed: March 16, 2002  Sucess!

John

I was feeling really lazy Saturday morning and didn't want to take my 2WD car up to Tahoe for the weekend, so I looked for a short nearby hike. I was thinking of doing Mount Tam from Muir Woods, but I couldn't find my National Parks Pass so I went to Big Sur instead. I headed up in running shorts, sneakers, and a long sleeve t-shirt. There were some minor patches of snow at 2700' becoming more pronounced at 2900'. About 90+% the 0.8 mile Mount Carmel Trail was covered with up to 4 inches fresh snow and my fingers were freezing as I took photos on the summit. I drank about 10 oz. of water but I was hungry and didn't have any food so I made and ate 3 snowballs. On the way down at about 2710' I ran into a snowman that I believe a couple made. On my hike in, I saw 1 couple (with dog) and 1 guy (also with dog) hiking out of Pat Springs so I assume that it was the couple that made him for Easter :-) Neither group did the Mount Carmel Trail after the snow, so that part was a very pristine hike / experience.
Posted Mar 18, 2002 10:34 am

gordonyeRoute Climbed: Botcher's Gap Date Climbed: June 1999

gordonye

My partner wasn't up for the hot weather and swarming flies, so we turned back at Skinner Ridge.
Posted Mar 18, 2002 10:26 am

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