Parked the car at Fordyce Summit and hiked it with my son Matthew. Nice views.
Fun hike today with Will, Daniel, Vita, and Aubrey. We drove up the dirt road to about .4 miles past the 1 mile marker. I had looked at the route on Gaia and it showed only one trail up. Along with some trip reports from Fedak, Mountain Hiker, and Yamagata, we didn't have a problem finding the trail. In fact, you could just use the Gaia map overlay and find it quite easily. Definitely steep in some sections, but not too difficult, and the first half of the climb was mostly shaded. The actual summit is a little blah due to all the comms equipment on it. But the abandoned railroad lookout is pretty cool. We hung out there and ate lunch, and most of us went up on the roof. I needed some help in that department, ha. No snow on the trail, lots of pretty flowers. My seventeenth Ogul! My Gaia GPS said it was about 4.2 miles, 1700' ascent, just under three hours RT not including our long break at the lookout.
Was a 3 1/2 hour R/T via the Indian Springs OHV trail. A guy doing tractor work on the trail said it was 2.5 to 3 miles one way. Trail comes up from the west. Views to north and east are great.
One of my grandfathers having been a railroad man made the history of this peak especially significant. Parked my low-riding Honda Civic near the campground and hoofed it up Fordyce. Intending to take a left and go up the old road, I proceeded to march right past it. Figuring I'd better head up somehow, I picked a drainage, a bushy not so sexy drainage, and headed straight up toward the summit. A real lollapalooza. Do not ascend this way without adequate supply of beer and pretzels.
There was a lot of snow on the ground and the start to the trail was difficult to see. Parking your car on the shoulder of this road at exactly 1 mile past the bridge and .4 of a mile past the 1 mile marker will get you very close. If you cannot find the start of the rough 4WD path due to snow, begin heading due north from the road and you will run into the 4WD trail which heads to the northeast towards the peak. Follow the 4WD trail up until until about 7,500 feet when you will see electricity posts and wires. This should be about 1.5 miles into the hike. Once you get to the top of the ridge where the hiker’s hut is the antenna covered summit comes into view a few hundred yards ahead. My round trip distance was about 3.8 miles, gaining nearly 1,700 feet. It had snowed the night before I went so it was slow going to the top, taking about 2 hours. I then ran down in about 25 minutes.
Some of the best views around Tahoe peaks and also of other surrounding peaks. Relatively straight forward trail and easy to access with 2wd in Spring-Summer.
Had planned to double this with Old Man Mountain but wasn't feeling well enough so settled for just this one. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=88
We hiked (with a some postholes) up the jeep trail from Cisco grove after minor problems finding the first turnoff. The descent in sun-soften snow was a blast!
Parked near the campground at Cisco Grove. I followed the southwest ridge from near highway 80 over three minor highpoints and past the abandoned lookout before arriving at Signal Peak. I crossed several different bear tracks going over the ridgeline in this section. I tagged the slightly lower unnamed peak near Signal before continuing along the ridge to Fordyce Summit. From there I followed snowmobile tracks down Fordyce Road back to the campground. Except for a short section at the beginning, I was able to use snowshoes the entire way.
Nice views from the top, but very cold and windy.
Ok the "Jeep Trail" isn't a jeep trail- its an ATV width track 1 mile from the bridge (or .4 miles from the 1mi marker on Fordyce Road)
OGUL #49, Pics and Trip Report are here.
Easy half day snow shoe.
with a group of 10. it took an hour to drive up from roseville pnr on taylor rd. a little over 2 hours to ascend sw ridge and 1 hour to descend. beautiful and warm weather on compact snow.
Left Nevada City at 6:15 and back before noon. Skied off the summit at about 10:00 just as the sun was beginning to soften the upper centimeter, so made for a quick morning sneak-away-from-work-trip.
Like other people, I couldn't find the old Jeep trail, so I just slogged up the SE face on snowshoes. The snow was good, but it was really warm going up. The summit was really cool. I climbd the medium sized radio tower for an added rush. Checked out the old lookout hut as well. Coming down was very fun, I just glided down the snow on my shoes. Went snowboarding afterwards. 3 hours, roundtrip.
Hit the trail early but was still hot. Cool views from top....hiked with Alan and Steve. Was not able to find register. Did find a geo cache though!
What Matthew said below. It was chilly out to start and windy atop, but otherwise the weather was pretty nice. Trip Report
The last of three enjoyable days out around I-80 with Bob. We took the old jeep road/trail up, and followed the ridge almost all the way down. Nice views and spectacular weather--65° out when we got back to the car!
It was very hot for Feb but I still used snowshoes the entire way. Great views but wondered if I was getting nuked by RF and microwaves. Got in some nice glissading in corn snow on the way down.
I had a fun time on this peak. The gate was locked, so i walked up the road looking for the jeep trail that leads to the Hut and then the summit. i guess i went pass the trail, so desided to head straight up the east face. With careful route finding you could avoid most of the bushes. Soon you are on the road and the top. Lots to see in the Northern Sierra and just a nice place to be. Find the good trail down on the south from the Hut.