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Ascent of Round Top on 2012-03-04

Climber: Jason Reed

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Round Top
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1763 ft / 537 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had never even heard of Sibley Volcanic Park but as I've been climbing the peaks on the East bay recently starting with those in Tilden and working my way south, it turned out Round Top was next and I discovered Sibley was where Round top lies.

The parking lot wasn't easy to get to, at least not without a good car map. I'm sure if I planned better I could have found it more easily. There were quite a few cars there and people around the parking lot. It seemed like a pretty popular place.

I immediately went up the Skyline trail and Bay Ridge Trail which led to a water tank. There were various point of information markers around the park and one of them was at the water tower so I went there first. Then I went East (clockwise) on the Round Top Loop trail and took a left up the road that went to the top. Unfortunately the top was used as a radio tower so it wasn't the most scenic peak in the area.

I went down the road back to the Loop trail and decided to get some extra miles in, and extra reading, by continuing counter clockwise on the Loop trail to the Quarry trail and then the Volcanic Loop Trail. This led to a hairpin turn onto Quarry Rd, which led back to Quarry trail. When I got to the Loop trail I continued counter clockwise down to the water tank and back down Bay Ridge Trail and Skyline trail. There was plenty of reading along the way although it seemed some of the signs said the same things. There were also some up close views of quarries along the way which were interesting. It wasn't overcrowded but it was busier than I'd expect for a park that isn't one of the popular names.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1144 ft / 347 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1144 ft / 347 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:613 ft / 186 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 400 ft / 122 m; Extra: 213 ft / 64m
    Loss on way in:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:line TR, Bay Ridge TR, Round Top Loop TR
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot at Skyline Blvd and Grizzly Peak Blvd  1363 ft / 415 m
    Time:11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:931 ft / 283 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 400 ft / 122 m; Extra: 531 ft / 161m
    Gain on way out:531 ft / 161 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Round Top Loop TR, Quarry TR, Volcanic TR, Quarry
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at Skyline Blvd and Grizzly Peak Blvd  1363 ft / 415 m
    Time:38 Minutes



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