Ascent of Hot Springs Mountain on 2012-11-18

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Date:Sunday, November 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hot Springs Mountain
    Elevation:6533 ft / 1991 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started hike about 0844 hr from Hot Springs Mountain Rd after parking car at approximately 5,680' level. Weather cool, windy, and cloudy with rain showers previous night. Approached lookout tower at around 1010 hr and summitted the county high point boulder at about 1020 hrs without incident. Scramble up boulders was easier than described - hardest part was finding the bloody place amongst the tangle of thickets. Back at car around 1205 hours with beautiful and clear weather finally setting in. Great views of Palomar Mt on way down and even got a glimpse of Salton Sea from summit between cloud breaks.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:850 ft / 259 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Hot Springs Mountain Road
    Trailhead:Hot Springs Mountain Road  5683 ft / 1732 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 35 Minutes

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