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Ascent of Flagstaff Hill on 2015-12-01

Climber: Mark McCormick

Date:Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flagstaff Hill
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1565 ft / 477 m

Ascent Trip Report

I visited the Lake Elsinore Historical Society museum on Main Street and noticed several photographs captioned "view from Flagstaff Hill" From the photos it was obvious which hill this was so I decided to take a walk up there. I learned that the property was deeded to the City of Lake Elsinore in 1908 by W.E Hampton. In 1911 Hampton Road was built to a park on top of Flagstaff Hill. The hill was also known as Mt. Hampton. There was a wooden structure built on the hill to hold a bell. Easter services were held on the hill starting on April 12, 1914. The bell was stolen in the 1940's and never recovered.

Nothing remains of the park or wooden structure. Google maps shows the road around the water tank is named Hampton Circle and there is a Flagstaff Dr in the Avenues Neighborhood to the east. The area is trashed and has a water tank on the summit now but its an interesting piece of history and has good views of the lake and the local mountains on clear days.
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