Ascent of Temescal Peak on 2012-11-23

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:my boys
John and Geoffrey
April Sarna
Date:Friday, November 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Temescal Peak
    Elevation:2126 ft / 648 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not one of the many hikers and bikees that we met along the trail up could tell us where this peak was, not even one woman we met just after coming down off the top, who pointed in the opposite direction, saying Temescal peak was a mile or so across a canyon. By then, I'd already climbed it before talking with her, and had hiked over to see the public map at the Gap, .8 mi north of the peak, which shows it's location, so I responded that it sure seemed to be in the right behind us, but she just raised her eyebrows. From the top, it's obviously the highest for a few miles around and, after coming home and reading about it, I confirmed it's location by the USGS marker on top which says 1933 and the label "Divide" but leaves the elevation blank. So many people pointed in other directions, I almost suspect it's a local custom to mislead folks.

Route: Went up the concrete water diversions path from the Palisades Highlands Trailhead, to turn left at Temescal Peak Trail. Hiked up to the radio tower, which was signed Mount Lee but is probably called Green Peak on the trail guides - I didn't list this as a peak since I couldn't find it on my topo map. Continued another 1.5 mi to turn right on the Backbone Trail. After just a tenth of a mile, went left on one of several use trails to the top of the peak, another tenth of a mile up. Two poles and that USGS survey marker are on top of the broken rocks that make up the summit.
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my wife and boys hiking back down the Temescal Peak Trail toward Palisades Highlands (2012-11-23). Photo by John E Sarna.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:875 ft / 267 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
fog over ocean but clear above suf to see LA
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:575 ft / 176 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Temescal Ridge from Palisades Highlands
    Trailhead:Palisades Highlands Access Trail  1551 ft / 472 m
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Temescal Ridge to Palisades Highlands
    Trailhead:Palisades Highlands Access Trail  

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