reply to post by EthanT
The inplanesight page has the trail to Brainwash Butte. It isn't much of a hike, but you can watch the TTR. i should have most of Bonanza Peak mapped
out on GPS. I didn't make it to the top because I lost the trail, but I think I can finish it by looking at Google Earth.There is a wikiloc for
Bonanza Peak, but it looks buggy. Go here on Google Earth
The first bug is that there is a straight line leading from around this location to the northeast. Ignore that. The trail does start in that parking
lot. There are two trail heads in the lot. On my first attempt, I took the wrong trail. The wrong trail is labeled Willow Peak in the wikiloc. Neither
trail head is marked all that well when you are on scene. The Willow Peak trail kind of looks like a short cut, i.e. it meets the Bonanza Peak trail.
I wouldn't bet on that. The trail head for Bonanza Peak is shown correctly. The up and down trail don't match all that well. This is because there
are so many switchbacks in the trail that you are literally paralleling yourself at parts spread by maybe 30ft. You can see people made illegal
shortcuts at places. To prevent erosion, it is always best to follow the main trail. It isn't the kind of trail where you can get lost too easily. At
some of the switchbacks, there are logs plopped on the ground so that you don't fail to make the turn. There was a downed tree blocking the trail
that I had to climb over.
There is decent cell phone coverage along route 95, so you can't get into too much trouble doing the Bonanza Peak hike. It is a long hike so use the
phone sparingly if you have one of those phones with "captive" batteries. Most iphones have that 'feature." It doesn't hurt to have a spare
battery if you have anything other than an iphone. You should have a real GPS whenever you hike. One that takes AA cells, and carry a few spare
batteries. Bonanza Peak looks like about 3000ft elevation change. Depending on time of year, that would be at least 4 liters of water/sports drink for
me. Your mileage may vary.
Tikaboo is another story. The phone coverage is terrible. the trail markings can be good or not. It depends if the trail was marked recently. You
should still have a GPS (and don't forget to "mark" the car), but a GPS doesn't help all that much on TIkaboo. You really need to watch the trail.
It is well worn. There is a variety of markings. Some flagging tape in trees. Some painted rocks. The bird and hike website has lots of trails on
You can't do Bonaza Peak too early in the year unless you like to hike in snow I ran into snow in May. June should be OK, though it will be hot. May
is fine for Tikaboo. Some people hike it in April, but there can be snow. You can do TIkaboo through October. I did it during a dry November and lets
just say I hope you have gloves and a balaclava. Even October will be cold at night. I have a ratty down jacket I use just for Tikaboo. It looks like
I slept in it, uh, because I've slept in it.
There are two ways to do TIkaboo. You can go up and down in one day. Most people can't see much of the base that way because after 9AM the thermal
distortion is significant, and it is tough to make it to the top in two hours unless you have a very light load. If they fly something, that you can
see with binoc pretty well since thermal distortion is most significant on the ground. If you want to photograph the base, or just see it clearly, you
really need to camp out. You can do that on the peak itself or at the last false summit.The last false summit to the peak is an easy 15 minute hike,
so I always suggest people camp at the last false summit. There is less wind there, plus there is much more room to set up a tent.