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Ascent of Mount Russell on 2016-05-03

Climber: Michael Sullivan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Russell
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2704 ft / 824 m

Ascent Trip Report

Distance: 4.8 miles
Elevation gain / loss: 1506 ft / 1476 ft
Moving time: 2:26
Moving speed: 2.0 mph

First off for everyone's edification, hunting season here is Sept-Oct-Nov. Since the LPC guide has everyone bushwacking up the canyon on a non-existent trail, I decided to take a good look at the satellite photos. I found a good trail that actually runs the ridge all the way to the summit. Set out on my route and found the trail to be in great shape and well engineered to sidehill the various bumps along the way. You will leave the horse trail for the hiker use trail up the ridge at 33.8921,-117.1613 when you see a large single boulder and two utility boxes, one with a solar panel and little fence. Getting closer to the summit the trail got fainter but I was still able to find it. Before the summit climb there is a drop of a couple hundred feet. The trail then goes around the right side of the summit and up steeply through a mostly big boulder free area. Before reaching this I thought I needed to go up and ended up climbing the Class 3 boulders to get to the summit. On the way down I took the trail which joined right up with my original route. So if you use this track take the east portion where my track separates near the summit. I think the overall route is probably better than the LPC guide, with minimal bushwacking, though a bit longer, and you are up on the breezy ridgline with great views the whole way in all directions, including the 3 saints, lake perris, and all of Moreno Valley and Riverside. If anyone summits Russell again and tries this route let me know if you liked it better than canyon route.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael Sullivan
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