Ascent of Palomar Mountain on 2009-06-20

Climber: Joe Nichols

Others in Party:Jean Louis Coquereau
Inez Coquereau
Victor Molina
Randy Brown
Date:Saturday, June 20, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palomar Mountain
    Elevation:6140 ft / 1871 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began hike from Oak Grove Fire Station at 7:25 AM. Walked to Oak Grove Trail, a fairly steep and rubble strewn path up ridge to Oak Grove Road. Followed road to intersection with Palomar Divide Road and followed that to foot of access road to top of High Point. Reached summit at 11:00 AM. Great view to west and the Palomar Observatory. After 30 minute lunch, retraced our path back down and reached Fire Station by 2:00. Great hike, strenuous at times but worth the effort.

Met a team of volunteers at summit, celebrating their restoration of High Point Lookout, which is to be opened to the public sometime in the near future.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3380 ft / 1030 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Trailhead:Oak Grove  2760 ft / 841 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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