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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Original Post - May 11, 2014 - 09:31pm PT
Berryessa Dreams

Tucked away in the rugged and remote interior coast ranges of Northern California, Berryessa Peak anchors the Blue Ridge and is visible from great distances. The summit is BLM land but historically this summit was Ďlandlockedí, surrounded by private property and the owners would not permit passage. They were aggressive about enforcing their no-trespass edits, too. Well known for it amongst some peak bagger scum.

Through the work of the Tuleyome organization and primarily through the work of Andew Fulks, a public easement was secured and an access trail was built. This trail starts from near lake-level of the massive Lake Berryessa reservoir, and climbs steep hills of oak and chaparral to an eventual antenna-festooned summit many miles away.

Wanna see what its all about?

Pretty flowers!


I think we hit it on a perfect spring day. Some recent spring rain fueled an explosion of activity.


And the plant life, adapted to the boom bust of rainfall in these dry mountains, also springs into action.


The hike follows pastoral oak woodlands, stunningly beautiful any time of year, but particularly alluring right now.


What is this?


Sure is pretty.


She didnít know.


This seemed to be a parasitic plant, a viney-like stem that climbed up the stems of other plants to produce this brilliant flower way up to be seen by all.


Never mind the hike, Iím talking flowers!


The trail gets steep and rough, and then a tiresome traverse section leads to a small place on the crest of the Blue Ridge I call the Island in the Sky.


Great place for a rest.


And the more flowers please!


The next part of the trail traverses below some of the highest palisades of the Blue Ridge crest. This Lost Arrow chimney system sure drew my eye.


But never mind that, did you see this pretty flower?


The sky opens up once youíre on the ridge.


Views of climbs and hikes both present and past stretch off into infinity.


The summit of Berryessa Peak. This hike worked me, I must admit.


But it was worth it.






Well done!


Bone-a-fidies


Did I mention the flowers?


The trail goes on forever and Iím only showing the pretty parts, so there.




But this country is absolutely gorgeous and the chances of seeing other hikers is pretty slim.


The trail boss led most of the way.


It really is that steep. Woo hoo.


Sunset catches us short of the trailhead.


But that wasnít a problem.


The oaks didnít mind.


Berryessa dreamsÖ


DMT
eKat

Trad climber
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May 11, 2014 - 09:34pm PT

What is this?

Mariposa Lily

I'm kind of a whipcase for flowers. My traveling pal, Joan from Philly, says she's gonna have a custom bumper sticker made for me that says:

I BRAKE FOR WILDFLOWERS!

:-)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2014 - 09:35pm PT
Cheers!

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 11, 2014 - 09:36pm PT
Yer such a hardman. Way to unwind.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
May 11, 2014 - 09:37pm PT
Excellent
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
May 11, 2014 - 10:26pm PT
Just curious...Is this the trailhead right above Putah Creek? Spent many days fishing Putah over the last year and always wondered where that trail went.Cool shots. Wildflowers rule!!!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
May 11, 2014 - 10:31pm PT
Always moving, good stoke.
!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 11, 2014 - 10:33pm PT
Very Beautiful! Thanks for the trip!
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 11, 2014 - 10:41pm PT
Nice. Makes me a bit homesick.

Any ticks?
Bargainhunter

climber
May 12, 2014 - 12:57am PT
The Barryessa glory hole gives me nightmares.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 12, 2014 - 01:10am PT
Um? I need a trail boss. Wtf Dingus?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2014 - 09:43am PT
Captn - the trailhead is off the Knoxville Berryessa Rd maybe a mile or two past the Eitcuera Creek. Here

https://goo.gl/maps/TUs1a

Trail initially follows an old ranch road visible on the map, leading off to the viewers right.

Allow 10 hours I think is reasonable, for this hike.

http://www.tuleyome.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=271&Itemid=262

Enjoy but don't do it when its hot. You'll fry unless you have lizard blood inya.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2014 - 09:43am PT
Yes randisi, ticks were noted so regular and thorough inspections were conducted forthwith.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2014 - 09:44am PT
flip flop did you not read the frickin instructions on the package????

DMT

ps. I suppose you ignored the surgeon general's warning as well?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 12, 2014 - 09:57am PT
Nice....from micro to macro your camera was well used!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 12, 2014 - 10:04am PT
Very nice brother. Thanks for the ride!
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 12, 2014 - 10:25am PT
Instructions? There were instructions? Aaaargh!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
May 12, 2014 - 10:26am PT
Cool.Thanx. :-) Once again-Good shots!!!
snakefoot

climber
cali
May 12, 2014 - 11:28am PT
nice DMT,

i have walked those hills looking for the holy grail of stone, only to find sandstone choss around every corner. many a small boulder problem has been done only to see them change over the years due to the soft rock. now is a great time to be there as the grass is green and the flowers are blooming. thanks for the share.

A late friend of mine and i once set up a portaledge on one of those towers at night and had a private party...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 12, 2014 - 11:39am PT
Nice! Don't know anything about Berryessa peak, but my friends and I used to cut high school to go fishing at lake Berryessa. Good times, this report brings back good memories.
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