Gower Reserve Ridgeline Highpoint Trip Report
two hills (2,360+ and 2,400+ ft)
Date: February 2, 2003
Having previously climbed Mt Gower itself, I went with my friend John Harrington
around November last year to find a hiking trail leading to the prominent east-west
trending ridge just north of the trailhead parking area.
We were stymied by completely unmaintained trails - and I proposed to bushwack up
the slope. John was reluctant and so I did the "sociable thing" and simply gave up
with the intention of coming back solo at a later date.
I returned in early February on a gorgeous Sunday morning. My initial route led
to class 2 boulders with much brush - and it quickly became a nightmare.
I retreated and, by a stroke of good fortune, located a trail that heads in the
general direction of the desired ridge. The trail topped out in-between two hills
that are on either side of the saddle where the trail meets the ridge. I climbed
the first hill (about fifty feet of gain) to the WSW (2,360+ ft) ..., returned
to the saddle and then climbed the second hill to the ENE along a jeep trail
(about one hundred feet of gain) that curved around the northwest flank thereof (2,400+ ft).
Called mother by cell phone and then enjoyed gruyere, grapes and Fruit Loops at the top.
The highest point of this ridge lay to the northeast at just under 2,600 ft:
however that hill had a house on top and I did not feel the chances of getting permission
warranted the additional effort.
My return to the truck was uneventful and occupied about 25 minutes - far shorter
than the time for ascent given my initial failure at a cross-country bid
followed by thrashing about to find another means of approach.