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Ascent of Mill Peak on 2016-03-15

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mill Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6670 ft / 2033 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen. We skied at Snow Valley in the morning and in the afternoon did the above peaks. For Mt. R, we drove in on Running Springs School road from 330. I was amazed at all of the houses back on this road. We took a couple of side roads until we were due north of the peak and about 0.15 miles from it. We hiked south, through the trees to the summit. The summit consisted on a number of towers. We found no register or benchmark.
For Mill Peak, we went back to Running Springs road, turned right (southeast) and drove to Sailview Lane and turned left (west). We drove to the end of Sailview, then turned left (north) and followed this road. It quickly became a dirt road that require a good 4WD vehicle to negotiate it. Fortunately, we had it with George’s Jeep. We followed this dirt road about 1 mile until it ended at a gate. We walked past the gate and within about 200’ feet we found a trail on our right (west). We were able to follow this road to the summit. It was a good thing we found that trail. Mill Peak has become completely overgrown with buckthorn. It would have been very difficult to push through that. We were following a GPS track that Mike McCarty had put on Peakbagger. We found a register on the summit.
The next 3 peaks were all off of Highway 18. We drove west on 18 to a dirt road leading to Heaps. It was a short walk to the summit. There were a bunch of towers on the summit. We found no register or benchmark. We continued east to a road that leads to Sorenson. There was a sign the said Sorenoen was the home of Heaps Fire Suppression fire group. The gates were open and we were able to drive to a point that was southeast of the summit. There was a dirt road with a chain across it. We hiked a short distance on the road to a trail that was in a shallow gully. We followed this trail to the summit. On the summit was a surveyor’s mark, a pile of rocks with a pipe stuck in it and a few from it a monument to a Mr. Sorenson who was a local boy scout leader in the area. We found no register or benchmark. The next peak was Strawberry Peak Lookout. You can drive right us to the Lookout. There were a bunch of towers surrounding the lookout which was all boarded up. Again, we found no register or benchmark.
1:00 pm Depart. 6054’
1:35 pm Mt. R. 6360’
1:50 pm Car. 0.35 miles round trip, 386’ gain, 32 minutes.
2:20 pm Depart. 6443’
2:35 pm Mill Peak 6670’
2:50 pm Car. 0.5 miles round trip, 200’ gain, 30 minutes.
3:30 pm Depart.
3:45 pm Heaps Peak. 6421’
4:00 pm Car. 1 mile round trip, 180’ gain, 30 minutes
4:10 pm Depart. .6211’
4:20 pm Mt. Sorenson. 6273’
4:25 pm Car. 0.3 miles round trip, 50’ gain, 15 minutes
5:00 pm Strawberry Peak. 6153’ Drive up.
Total for the day: 2.45 miles round trip, 826’, 1 hour, 42 minutes.
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