Yolo County Highpoint Trip Report
Little Blue Peak (3,120+ feet)
Date: October 6, 2001
Author: Anthony Chan
Three possible routes to Little Blue Peak are described. The routes
are updated from Gary Suttle's description to reflect the current condition there.
A map with route collected by GPS is provided.
Route 1: BLM route
The BLM route described by Gary Suttle, along the ridgeline to the high
point, is now nearly impenetrable due to dense growth of thorn bush. In his
he describes a ducked route. The idea of this route is to stay in the streambed as
long as possible to avoid the thornbush fields.
Travelling along the streambed is rough going, but it is much better
than trying to burrow through the thornbush. Once one
reaches the end of streambed, marked by some old barbed wire fencing,
strike northwest, avoiding the thornbush fields
whenever possible. I did not find any ducks outside of streambed.
Often, game trail can become visible and should be
followed. The route marked "Alternate #1" on the map skirts the
thornbush fields by climbing above it. In my opinion, this
is more difficult. Below peak 3081, I was forced to bulldoze my way
through the thornbush field, as I could not find a
way around it.
Past this point, there are several obvious game trails which can be followed
to the ranch road leading to the high point. Long
sleeve shirt, long pants, and glasses/goggles are advised to avoid
injury from thornbush fields.
Route 2: Private route
Private ranch roads criss-cross the land west of Little Blue Peak.
Once you can get to the roads, the going is much easier.
There are two entry point to the ranch roads. The shortest one is
marked "Bushwhack #1" on the map. To use this route,
first hike to the sharp bend in the jeep road from the parking spot.
Then strike for one of the clearing visible to the west.
However, be advised that the house nearby is occupied.
The ranch road can be reached by a longer bushwhack, marked
"Bushwhack #2" on the map. In either case, the
bushwhack requires some bulldozing, but it is not bad as the BLM route
due to relative lack of thornbush. Near Butte
Rock, there is a short stretch where one leaves the ranch road in order
to use another ranch road which leads to the highpoint.
Route 3: Private route from south
One might be able to avoid bushwhack entirely by utilizing private ranch
road from the south. According to the satellite
image provided in terraserver.com, this road can lead to the ranch road
leading to Little Blue Peak. The gate, which was
unlocked, is marked "Entrance to ranch road" on the map. However, I
was denied permission by the owner, who
happened to be there. A person with considerable personal charm or a
good timing might have a better luck.