Ascent of Hot Springs Mountain on 2012-01-14
|Date:||Saturday, January 14, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Hot Springs Mountain|
| Elevation:||6533 ft / 1991 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMade it out to Hot Springs Mountain on a business trip to San Diego. Got some beta from the very nice Native American worker at the Los Coyotes Band of Indians reservation gate. She thought that I could make it all the way to the top, but with a low clearance rental, I suspected that wouldn't be the case. I drove up to the 5800 foot level, and later found out I was 3.5 miles from the tower. I lovely hike up to the tower, that drops up and down quite a bit. The tower is in pretty bad shape. I found an old, unmaintained trail that headed northeast toward the actual high point. It was a bit of a bushwhack followed by a scramble to get on top of the 10 foot high boulder that is the high point. Some great views to the north, west to the Salton Sea, and to the islands off San Diego. Keep an eye out for the Eagle and her nest across the valley to the south. Great hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1733 ft / 528 m|
| Extra Gain:||500 ft / 152 m|
| Distance:||7 mi / 11.3 km|
| Route:||Old Tower Road|
| Trailhead:||5800 ft / 1767 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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