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Ascent of Mount Tule on 2018-11-07

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Tule
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4647 ft / 1416 m

Ascent Trip Report

I wanted to gain 1,000 vertical feet on this mountain so I started the hike from the dirt 'parking lot' located about 100 meters up jeep trail MV052 (leading to Sacatone Springs) which begins off the main dirt ORV road, roughly at the 3,620' contour. Started at 1011 hr and reached the summit by 1106 hr; started to head down at 1117 hrs after 'tagging' all three of Tule's summits. On the way up I tracked to the left of the upright telephone pole and did just fine (some reports suggest staying to the right of the pole, which stands like a beacon: it really doesn't matter which approach). Saw no one on the entire hike except a distance flyover from the Border Patrol helicopter and abundant shell casings along trail both shotgun and pistol. Back at car at 1211 hr, exactly two hours to the minute. Hydrated with .750 ml of water. Fine peak with great views, especially to the east. My mileage is estimated but I am near certain I gained just over 1,000 vertical feet.
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Mount Tule from MV052 showing the three summits. (2018-11-07). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1020 ft / 310 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:MV052 to MV055
    Trailhead:McCain Vly ORV road/MC 052  3627 ft / 1105 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
warm, sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Time:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:55 Minutes



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