Ascent of Calamity Canyon Peak on 2012-03-14

Climber: Asher Waxman

Date:Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Calamity Canyon Peak
    Elevation:5640 ft / 1719 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peter Doggett, Janice Boyd and I approached from top of Haven Ave (2280'), up Deer Canyon to the Cucamonga Truck Trail (4900'), which is severely eroded in places and choked with buckthorn in the last 300' below the summit.
From 5400' we tried the south ridge direct on remains of a trail shown on the topo. Impassable acres of buckthorn and manzanita effectively blocked that near.
We back off to the the closed contour at 5560' and found the "road" at the left. With some energetic clipping and relatively clear sections we made it to ~5600'+, where passage was blocked...for now.
Attaining the summit will require considerable clipping.
Our hike totaled about 3700' gain in 10 miles rt.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble

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