Ascent of Eagle Crag on 2015-10-29

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Thursday, October 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Crag
    Elevation:5077 ft / 1547 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike of this HPS peak (Eagle Crag) and a Peakbagger peak. My co-leaders were Pat Arredondo, William and Virginia Simpson, Bruce Craig and Jimmy Quan. Joining us was George Christiansen, Jerry Grenard, Tom Sakowych, John Radalj and Mike Manning. This was Bruce’s Lead the List finish and Bill’s 7X List finisher – a double celebration.
Eagle Crag is a long and strenuous hike. We took the 15 to 79 South to the Palomar Divide Truck Trail. The Palomar Divide was in good shape and any high clearance vehicle could make the 5.4 miles to the Cutca Valley trail head. Make sure to call the ranger station (951-767-9144) first to make sure the seasonal gate is open. The Cutca Valley trail is very easy to follow for the first 8 ½ miles. You go through a series of switchback to the Palomar Divide truck trail (4720’). Walk about 0.15 miles to a gully. Follow this gully to a ridge. It started out steep, but easy to follow. Soon we ran into a lot of brush and had to fight our way to the peak. Stay to the left then work your way to the right to the ridge then to the summit. Lots of poison oak on the Cutca Valley trail.
After Eagle Crag, 5 of us decided to pick up Eagle Crag-Southeast Ridge. It was a short distance (about ¼ mile) but lots of brush. Stay to the right (southwest) along the edge to find the most open way. On the way down, we found a nice open path to the gully we had come up and had no problem reaching the Cutca Valley trail.
7:50 am Depart. 3815’
9:45 am Sign post. Turn right. 3420’
10:15 am Second sight post. Turn left.
11:15 am Start of the Palomar Divide road. 4743’, 8.8 miles
12:35 pm Eagle Crag. 5077’ 9.5 miles, 2640’ gain
2:00 pm Eagle Crag-Southeast Ridge. 5080’+
6:05 pm Car. 19.3 miles round trip, 4200’ gain, 10 hours, 15 minutes
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