Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

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Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by Noondueler » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:47 am

Anybody know about or have climbed St. John Mtn. 6,746' in the California North Coast Range just northeast of Snow Mtn.? I see a squiggly road going to the top of this beast but...?

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by Bob Burd » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:10 am

There's a communications tower at the summit, so it gets truck traffic. It could be closed to public traffic at the Bear Wallow TH on the south side. Less than a two mile hike from there. The road to get there is FS Road 18N06. It may be closed for the winter, I'd call the Mendocino USFS for info. The peak looks interesting though - more than 1,800ft of prominence. I'd be interested to know how the roads are if you go...

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by Noondueler » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:44 am

Bob Burd wrote:There's a communications tower at the summit, so it gets truck traffic. It could be closed to public traffic at the Bear Wallow TH on the south side. Less than a two mile hike from there. The road to get there is FS Road 18N06. It may be closed for the winter, I'd call the Mendocino USFS for info. The peak looks interesting though - more than 1,800ft of prominence. I'd be interested to know how the roads are if you go...

Thanks for the info Bob. I have a van but no 4WD. It's a huge mountain, quite prominent from I-5. If i find out more about it that goes maybe this spring.

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by ScottyP » Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:38 am

I've been looking at that as well if you'd like company..

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by Noondueler » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:09 am

ScottyP wrote:I've been looking at that as well if you'd like company..
Thanks Scotty. I'll let you know if and when. Next few months a good possibility. Company would be a good incentive.

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by ScottyP » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:37 am

I flew around it this past week. Looks fun!

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by Noondueler » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:43 am

ScottyP wrote:I flew around it this past week. Looks fun!
What do you think the starting point would be. Take any pics? I'm in Lake county for another couple weeks. Would consider doing the hike if you're interested.

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by jibmaster » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:20 pm

Was just up at Letts Lake. Great place to camp!
The gate at the bottom of St. John is still closed. I think they open it May 1st.
You don't want to hike all the way up the road. Drive around to the north side.
Just before the Summit Springs TH for Snow Mt., take a left and drive along the M3 (24N02) past Crockett Peak. Just after roads 18N27 and then 18N44 you will find a ridge that leads to St. John.

Play around with Google Earth to see this image:
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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by jibmaster » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:59 pm

The road is gated at the bottom. Down by Fouts Spring.
No access to Bear Wallow TH right now.
No need for a 4X4 either. The roads are all epically smooth.
Haven't been around on the M3 for a few years now, but it's a gorgeous area.
45 minutes from Stonyford gets you to Letts Lake. Another 30 minutes to the Summit Springs TH for Snow Mountain - and the turn off for the M3.
I would bring an axe and a saw. A tree had fallen over the road just before the Summit Springs TH.
Above the M3 intersection.
Tried winching it out of the way, but it was still attached. A small saw would have gotten me through.

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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by Noondueler » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:14 pm

jibmaster wrote:The road is gated at the bottom. Down by Fouts Spring.
No access to Bear Wallow TH right now.
No need for a 4X4 either. The roads are all epically smooth.
Haven't been around on the M3 for a few years now, but it's a gorgeous area.
45 minutes from Stonyford gets you to Letts Lake. Another 30 minutes to the Summit Springs TH for Snow Mountain - and the turn off for the M3.
I would bring an axe and a saw. A tree had fallen over the road just before the Summit Springs TH.
Above the M3 intersection.
Tried winching it out of the way, but it was still attached. A small saw would have gotten me through.
Thanks a bunch jibmaster!


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Re: Anybody climbed St. John Mtn. next to Snow Mtn.

by jibmaster » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:50 am

The north side of Snow Mt. and St. John from Hull Mt.
Feb. 2010
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7bwmeME0ps


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