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Olancha Peak Extreme Day Hike

This is a strenuous hike that involves 22 miles and 6,400' of elevation gain. Oh yes, and reportedly good views. Class 2+ climbing to the summit, which is over 12,000 feet.

Please do not sign up for this hike unless you have successfully completed a dayhike of over 17 miles in the past 6 months, and been over 10,000 feet elevation in the past year.

 

We will leave from the TH, Sage Flat (just south of the town of Olancha) at 5am. Because of the early start, some of us may wish to spend the night at the TH on Friday while others will prefer to drive up that morning. So, we'll discuss carpooling arrangements after we see who signs up.

You will need to carry 5 liters of water per person. You can bring a filter, but there is no guarentee ww will find water along the way.

Because of the challenging nature of this hike, I will add people to the "going" list based on my knowledge of your abilities. If we do not know each other, please answer the two questions that apear when you RSVP or send me a message listing comprable hikes you've done recently. Thank you.

 

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  • Walter R.

    I uploaded my pictures to my Flickr account. Go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/walterrnk/sets/72157633425619380/ to see them. Slideshow gives the best results. You can view full screen and manually go through the pictures. Show info will give picture captions and descriptions. I upload at full resolution so under "Actions" you can view and download the original if you want a copy. I hope I got everyone's name right. Let me know if I need to make any corrections. Thank-you Jill and Alice for a wonderful day!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Great views at the top. Good spot to play the peak-naming game. Couldn't have asked for a better group of strong, friendly and entertaining companions to hike it with.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • jackie y.

    Awesome day! Thank you kern county folks for allowing some delinquents from LA to crash your hike! We had a great day in 'your territory' and loved meeting all of you! Hopefully we can hike again soon

    2 · May 5, 2013

  • Mindy P.

    This hike was amazing! The people in the group all had great attitudes, and everybody meshed well. Even though I didn't do the final scramble to the summit, the other 9 did and had wonderful accounts of views and their experiences. While waiting for them to summit, I had a peaceful time with God, slowly walking through the pines, listening to the wind, and enjoying a few snowflakes here and there. It was beautiful. Jill did a great job leading. She has one of those amazing personalities that encourages and makes one feel like you belong. Alice's experience and knowledge of the trail and other stuff is priceless. Scott's strength and speed up that peak was brilliant. It was nice to me the L.A. group, they are like a family, I loved watching their dynamics together. it was also nice to meet Walter from Ridgecrest who gave Jill one of his poles, now there is a gentleman for you! and Brian from Palmdale who gave us lots of laughs. Thanks everyone! I would love to do it again!

    2 · May 5, 2013

  • Shurovi

    challenging hike, stunning scenery and very fun group made for a wonderful Sat! Thank you, Jill and Alice for organising such a wonderful hike, and Walter for your excellent guidance :)

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Alice

    This is an epic day hike! All of the hikers were great - strong hikers and good company. The views were fantastic. No snow to speak of. The weather was perfect.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Walter R.

    Had a blast! The cool weather was perfect. Nice size group makes it a lot of fun. I was glad to see 90% of the group made the summit. :-)

    May 5, 2013

    • Walter R.

      The only bummer was no water in the creeks! I was able to get a little snow in my bottle after summiting so my 3 liters lasted all day, but I was glad I brought my water filter/pump anyway. It's VERY dry up there. :-(

      May 5, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Hey folks - i have been feeling slow all week... but went up to horseshoe meadows today with my son, did a short hike around the the meadow area. Very dry up there this year. I did OK on the hike but tonight I started to cough stuff up... so I will probably not be doing Olancha tomorrow. Hopefully better for something next weekend. I guess my "olancha" curse continues. Maybe I'll host a chimney peak hike next Saturday or something...

    Hopefully someone will read this. thnks

    May 3, 2013

    • Brian B

      Hope you feel better...

      May 3, 2013

  • Brian B

    Just spoke with a local rancher. Most of the creeks are dry except for 1 or 2 so please let everyone know to bring water.

    May 3, 2013

  • Brian B

    I'm at the Ranch House Cafe if anyone wants to join me....

    May 3, 2013

  • Steve

    Business before pleasure

    May 3, 2013

  • Steve

    I must cancel. Sorry guys.

    May 3, 2013

  • Brian B

    Lunar illumination data: May 4th, moonrise at 2:48am at 52.3 degrees off horizon with 27% illumination. In other words, we'll have some moonlight to hike under when we head out prior to sunrise.

    May 2, 2013

    • Alice

      I noticed it was light enough to see by 530 this morning

      May 2, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Even at 5am will be light enough for you to see w/o headlight

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Steve

    Brian, I am also thinking about camping at the trailhead

    May 1, 2013

    • Brian B

      Great! I plan to be at the TH prior to dark in order to set up camp and then get to bed shortly after dark so be well rested for the next day...at least that's the plan.

      May 1, 2013

    • Alice

      That my plan, too :)

      May 2, 2013

  • Steve

    Walter, remember to look for the small sign that looks like binoculars. That is how I find the right turn off. Cheers

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • Tom B.

      The Sage Flats road marker is easy to see if you are looking for it. If you get to where the divided road ends, turn around because you went too far.

      1 · May 2, 2013

  • Steve

    Something came up today which may force me out if this event. Turns out I have some family issues that need attending on friday night. Not sure if I will make it out to the trailhead on time. I will keep you posted

    May 1, 2013

  • Alice

    The turnoff from 395 onto Sage Flats Rd is at 36.21,[masked] according to Google Maps. The turnoff is hard to spot at night if you haven't been there before. It is about 300 yards north of Lake View Road, which has a little sign. I think there is also a sign at Sage Flats Rd. Once you turn west onto Sage Flats Rd, you just go to the end of the road. It starts out paved, then turns to dirt. I was up it last year and it was okay for normal cars but go slow in places.

    2 · May 1, 2013

    • Walter R.

      When I go north on 395 I look for the blinking red light off to the left as a clue I am getting close to the turnoff. The main clue is the POWER LINES crossing the road. THAT is where you want to turn.

      May 1, 2013

  • Alice

    Let's start discussing travel to/from trailhead. I'll be driving up Friday late afternoon from Bakersfield and camping at the trailhead. Mindy, do you want to go with me?

    May 1, 2013

    • Brian B

      It is a smaller tent so folks under 5'10" fit better.

      May 1, 2013

    • Mindy P.

      Yep, I'm with ya Alice

      May 1, 2013

  • jackie y.

    hey all- the LA contingent will be at Ranch House Cafe in the wonderful metropolis of Olancha for dinner at about 7pm fri nite if anyone wants to join us...

    May 1, 2013

    • Jill W.

      Thanks for the heads up. We may join you if we get there in time.

      May 1, 2013

  • Steve

    By the way that sign is small and does not reflect light very well

    May 1, 2013

  • Steve

    The road is paved then turns to dirt about half way up.

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Look for the brown sign that looks like binoculars with an arrow pointing west. There is a cell tower with a blinking red light in the area as well.

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Dan J.

    How is the road in to the trailhead? I'd rather drive my car than truck, and I have no issue with dirt roads, as long as there isn't too much wash board. Who has been up it recently?

    May 1, 2013

  • Brian B

    Can someone confirm the trailhead's location? Based on Google Maps address of 5000 Sage Flats Rd, it is located at the Y in the road at N[masked] W118-02-23. Does this jive with everyone else or does someone have better coordinates? At 5am, it'll still be dark and it's anyone's guess as to if cell phones will work in order to get everyone together.

    April 30, 2013

    • Brad B.

      N[masked] W[masked]

      1 · May 1, 2013

    • Tom B.

      11 S[masked] - switch to UTM - it is easier

      1 · May 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Worse case, you can water up at the river which is about 3/4 of a mile from the PCT

    April 30, 2013

    • Tom B.

      give or take 5 miles.

      April 30, 2013

    • Alice

      Cross country

      April 30, 2013

  • Dan J.

    I'll bring my water filter! I may still turn around at the PCT. I'm on a med that makes me tired so its TBD. Even upto the PCT will get my some good fun.

    April 30, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Hi all. I'm closing the rsvps because we have reached ten hikers and that's the largest group I would like to bring on a hike like this. Please post questions and comments here instead of emailing me from this point on so that we can all benefit from the group's collective knowledge. Can't wait!

    April 30, 2013

  • Dan J.

    I know 5L isn't nearly enough water (for me) to get to the top, so my plan will be to bring a filter and if we CAN NOT fill back up I will probably be forced to turn around at the PCT. I just can't carry enough for me, especially if its hot down low. Personally I go through a lot, i used a 3L bag plus two quarts last weekend and would liked to have more. And that was a much easier hike.

    April 25, 2013

    • Jill W.

      I haven't been up Olancha before, but it's so early in the season that I can't imagine there not being any water on the trail.

      1 · April 25, 2013

    • Walter R.

      I've been up Olancha several times and usually this time of year there is water in the creek just below Olancha Pass. But last year at this time it was dry. Another source of water is where the trail turns back east after passing Summit Meadow and the PCT junction, just west of Bear Trap Meadow. A water filter with a silt filter will definitely help if the flow is just a trickle. Hopefully there is still some snow left on the shady north slopes.

      April 29, 2013

  • Brian B

    April 29, 2013

  • Brian B

    Let's bag this peak!

    April 29, 2013

  • Steve

    Hi Jill,

    It has been 6 weeks since since I hiked that elevation. The last trip I was on at that elevation, I snow shoed up Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass. Elevation gain is about 4000. Max elevation is just over 12,000ft.

    Cheers
    Steve

    April 29, 2013

  • Steve

    I would like to join in if possible.

    April 28, 2013

  • Shannon

    Hi, Jill. Thank you for picking up this hike. I'm sorry I can't join with the date change. I have a kid event to attend. Happy hiking!

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Crap, I think I'm backpacking Yosemite that weekend. I'm bummed I'm missing this! maybe if plans fall through...

    April 25, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Bummer. Too bad you can't yet buy dehydrated water to bring.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Jim F.

    There were some remnant snowbanks here and there that can be dug into to supplement your camelbak. North facing slopes may hold them another couple of weeks. It is melting out fast.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Jill W.

    About water. Jim Freeland was up Olancha last week and said the seasonal creek was at a trickle and not to be relied upon. So...bring lots of water.

    April 25, 2013

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