Ascent of Indian Hill on 2018-10-27

Climber: Brent Mausbach

Others in Party:Azucena Gaxiola
Date:Saturday, October 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Indian Hill
    Elevation:2280 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a long lapse in hiking, and some failed summit attempts on two other mountains, Indian Hill was a great hike to get back into the swing of things. To get to the "trailhead", we took Imperial Highway in Ocotillo to GPS coordinates 32.7538755, -116.0488294, where we turned left onto Dos Cabezas Rd. The first mile or so of this road is excellent, with the remaining 5+ miles ranging from simple gravel to narrow, slightly tore up, and/or sandy. I'm not completely sure a small passenger car would be comfortable on the road, but many 2WD crossovers, trucks, etc. should be fine.

We started the hike at the water tower and followed the train tracks for almost 2 miles before turning left at a short bridge. This turn will be easy to spot because there is a wash that heads off from the bridge to your left. We followed this wash for about 0.5 miles before going cross country through Cholla and Ocotillo cactus toward Indian Hill. Cacti are spread out so no major worries about stepping on anything. I personally wasn't expecting Indian Hill to be a rocky, boulder-strewn peak, but it turns out you'll have to climb a couple hundred vertical feet of rocks/boulders to get to this summit. Nothing difficult, but slow-and-go for us. At the top we signed the register and enjoyed some nice views of the desert. Overall a nice day, and San Diego Hundred Peaks number 32 is conquered.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Rock Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
Descent Statistics

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