Ascent of Martinez Mountain on 2018-11-10

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Martinez Mountain
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of a 2-day backpack trip. This report includes the hike in & out; while camping near Cactus Spring. One the first day, we climbed Sheep Mtn (see trip report for details).

We arrived from San Diego and started hiking about 9am. Temps were cool 60s; if the sun wasn't out it would be cool. There was a red flag warning but we never saw wind above 2-3 mph. Made good time past the old Dolomite mine and down the canyon. Our plan was to load up with water at Horsethief Canyon; which had water flowing thanks to Jesse doing a beta run for us earlier in the week. We reached what we thought was Horsethief Canyon but really was another gully that had flowing water about half mile sooner. I pumped 5 liters; which made my total of 6 until we returned to Horsethief Canyon. Eventually we descended into the real Horsethief Canyon which had the Cottonwoods changing color (leaves). Now the big climb out of the canyon and the gradual climb to camp. There are lots of up/downs and rights/lefts. The washes weren't too soft; some places were very hard which helped having heavy packs. Setup camp & lunch around noon.

(see trip report for Sheep Mtn)

Overnight temps were in the 30s; so nice and chilly morning. We got an early start to Martinez mainly to get warmed up. The main wash seems like forever. We went past the turn for the HPS alternate route which also had a unique tree growing a large root/trunk horizontally like a kick stand. Eventually the wash becomes boulders which was easy to miss the occasional duck (easier on the return). So navigation was slow trying to make sure we were in the "right" gully. But they all lead to the same point at a narrowing. Lots of the boulders move with weight and smoothed surfaces making travel slower. When climbing the gully, don't forget to stop and turn around as the quick gain in elevation has some great views. We were in the mountain shadow the entire time in the gully. The sun would have felt nice but the climb was now more than warming ;). We took some side navigation once we reached the upper plateau trying to make a direct line for the summit blocks. (stay to the gully as the route becomes well ducked). Our route took more time and eventually intercepts the ducked route to traverse north around to the east side of the summit block. Great views. The ramp up has a few big steps. DPS register up on the block. Stayed about 35 minutes. We returned via the ducked route to the top of the gully. On the descent, the gully took as much effort and time as the ascent. Making sure footing as you wouldn't want an ankle injury here. Once we reached the sandy wash, we were able to resume normal speed. We returned to camp at 1pm. Broke down camp and started the hike out by 1:30pm. Reached Horsethief Canyon by 2:30pm. I didn't need to pump more water as I still had a liter remaining for the long climb out. Enjoyed the flowing water and the yellow leaves of the canyon during one final break. Began the long climb out making sure not to start to fast. There are many rollers and downs on the return making you re-earn elevation you had just obtained. Luckily the time of day and sun angle had us mostly in shadow on the ascent which helped with temperature regulation. Reached the trailhead a few minutes after 4pm; with an hour of daylight remaining. We could see lots of smoke being blown into the area from the big fires in Ventura/Malibu & Barton Flats. Stats includes all breaks.

Total stats to include Sheep Mountain:
19.8 miles
5967' gain/loss
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4502 ft / 1371 m
    Extra Gain:985 ft / 300 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.6 mi / 25.1 km
    Route:Cactus Spring Trail & Gully
    Trailhead:Cactus Spring TH  4030 ft / 1228 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 1 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 31 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2018 Sheep Martinez (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sheep Mountain2018-11-091465 ft / 447 m
2Martinez Mountain2018-11-104502 ft / 1372 m
Total Trip Gain: 5967 ft / 1819 m    Total Trip Loss: 5967 ft / 1819 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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