Trip date: August 02, 2020
Caltopo map here: caltopo.com/m/8T3A
This was the fourth scouting adventure for my project I've named the BURL: Boulder Ultimate Ridge Linkup. The basic idea is to bushwack/scramble along the true crest of the Boulder skyline. Other trip reports are here:
All of these are described in the caltopo map (look for the corresponding folders).
Unfortunately I lost the gps track with all of my detailed route notes for this one. This was still a very useful scouting trip because it probably killed the idea of the BURL completely. There's one part of the ridge near the Diamond Head formation that appears to have mandatory technical climbing and it looks fairly serious (5.10+??). If anyone knows a bypass here I'd love to hear about it.
Even though this trip was in some sense a bummer because of the difficulties at Diamond Head, it was an absolute blast with lots of little surprises.
Eventually I reached the Diamond Head formation. It seems that Diamond Head represents the first truly impassable obstacle for the BURL. It seems it'll be impossible to follow the ridge crest and avoid truly technical climbing.
On my second scouting trip of the BURL, I'd actually came within 10's of feet of seeing this obstacle on my before descending west at sunset (see image below).
Shortly after taking a look at Diamond Head, the weather began to change pretty quickly. This time I descended east.
I still wanted to do the rest of the ridge so I started climbing back up after the weather cleared.
There's a magnificent talus field with car sized boulders that somehow I'd never really noticed before. This was a really welcome surprise and the scrambling was really, really fun. It was like a maze.