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 Post subject: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:23 pm 
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I went up solo in to the Trinity Alps on Sat. (2/20) I'd been looking for a good way to get out in the Trinities for a while now, but access is tough, and almost everything I could find on here confirmed that. I think this year especially, because el nino has really warmed everything up and raised the snow level several thousand feet

I left the coast and headed east around 6.
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I took Weaver Bally road until my camry wouldn't go any farther. I hiked with the board on my back for a minute and here's where I skinned up. I wish I could have gotten there a few hours earlier to watch the sun rise.
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It got hot during the day so I decided just to hang out in the trees. Here's Weaver Bally. Image
And Monument Peak
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Beat after a nice day. Left the house at 6, back at 8.
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I think this could be a nice jump off for an extended trip into the Alps. Weaver Bally and Monument Peak are on what is essentially the southern end of the east ridge of canyon creek. I think that is Monument on the far right. ImageI saw a trip report on here with a couple of guys bushwhacking up canyon creek. Those trails get thrashed in the winter and usually stay that way until late spring. I think this may be a better route, just in a year with better snow.

You can find more Trinity Alps pics here:
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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:17 am 
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Always wanted to check that place out, someday. Thanks for sharing! :thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
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Cool - thanks for the info and pic. As one of the guys on the Canyon Creek sufferfest I appreciate the beta. But it sounded like you started skinning pretty close to the car?? How would lower elevation snowfall have helped? I definitely wanna head back in there again someday.

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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:20 pm 
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The snow level was ok for this particular outing, But since it is so high and a lot of the roads going into the area are gated/impassable right now at relatively low elevation, and I don't have keys/chainsaw it makes for a long and unpleasant approach. It just limits your options, that's all.

My thought for a longer tour into the upper Canyon Creek area would be to take that east ridge north past all of that bushwhacking at the beginning and then drop into the valley once you're past all of that. I think a lower snow level would be nice because you could do that whenever you wanted. As it is right now, the snow level is just below the lower Canyon Creek lake.

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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:48 pm 
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Cool stuff. Spending alot of time in Siskiyou and Jackson counties, I'm really intrigued by the coastal range(s). But having been hopelessly lost on the loggging roads up there in the summertime, don't have much confidence in soloing a winter tour. Maybe I'll pm ya next time I'm up that way!

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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:05 pm 
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Way to represent the North Coast. There are lots o' gems out thata way.

How's Horse Mtn. doing this season?


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Cool photos, I'd love to get up there this summer


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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:16 pm 
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SchralphMacchio wrote:
Cool photos, I'd love to get up there this summer


hopefully for recon in the area to return in winter! :wink:

yeah - nice. more TR's - pics from this area pls!


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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:35 pm 
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Nothin doing up on Horse Mtn. - Snow on maybe the top couple hundred feet.

We're going to be getting some weather over the next few days so I probably won't get out this weekend, but I think I may head out next weekend. If anyone is around I'd love some company. There are some places I'd like to try and hit, but I'm not too keen on going alone.

If you haven't been to the area, you should check it out; regardless of the season. Some beautiful mountains and not very many people.
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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:25 am 
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^They say a picture's worth 1000 words, but that one right there is the answer to the thousands of questions I get about "why?" I do what I do.

Most people will go their entire lifetimes without being in a spot that beautiful, that remote, that pristine and seeing that view with their own eyes. I live for that view.

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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
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jbaysurfer wrote:
^They say a picture's worth 1000 words, but that one right there is the answer to the thousands of questions I get about "why?" I do what I do.

Most people will go their entire lifetimes without being in a spot that beautiful, that remote, that pristine and seeing that view with their own eyes. I live for that view.

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Couldn't agree anymore! That shot is awesome! All your other pictures are really great too. Thanks for sharing! I gotta get up there! I've seen them from Lassen and driven through the area but never made a trip for them. This definitely helps motivate me! Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:27 pm 
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ben, that lake and area is sooo epic.

any plans for adventures into the area this year?


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 Post subject: Re: Trinity Alps - Weaver Bally & Monument Peak
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:31 pm 
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echo lake
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your lake pic must be of another of the echo lakes. :scratch:

ycatapom peak is probably doable in the winter as it is close to hwy 3
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sawtooth peak is DEEP but oh the terrain out there
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