Ascent of Figueroa Mountain on 2018-12-22
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, December 22, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4528 ft / 1380 m|
Ascent Trip Reportlately i've been bagging peaks from the california fire lookouts list. in this case both figueroa and zaca are on the list. the roads for both peaks are closed in the winter (see MVUM) but i'm not generally in this area other than in the winter... plus i was feeling a bit of a slacker and wanted to do a longer hike.
i parked at the locked gate at 8N02 and figueroa mountain road. i had originally planned to hike up the road to figueroa summit, but there was an obvious use trail up the SW ridge of figueroa, so i started up that way. the use trail would go to various nice picnic spots and then fade out as it approached the steeper section. i just pushed straight uphill to get to the less steep part further up ...
somewhere just above 3800' contour i discovered an actual maintained trail (brush and logs somewhat freshly cut), not on any maps i had consulted (USGS, USFS, OSM). much later in the day i'd discover what i think is the bottom of this maintained trail, and it's marked by a waypoint in my track. there's parking there as well (assuming 8N02 is open and you can drive there).
after taking some photos up top, i headed north off the summit. there is a trail indicated on various maps (USGS, USFS, OSM). it's a very steep trail, but the brush has been recently cleared. bushwhacking around here wouldn't be fun. i followed this trail all the way to the saddle between 4198 and 4202.
then i was off to zaca peak.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1264 ft / 384 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||813 ft / 247 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.3 mi / 3.7 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1064 ft / 324 m|
| Distance:||1.1 mi / 1.8 km|
| Route:||XC + trail|
| Start Trailhead:||8N02 @ figueroa mtn rd 3464 ft / 1055 m|
| Time:||47 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||813 ft / 247 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 613 ft / 187 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m|
| Gain on way out:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| End Trailhead:||8N02 3915 ft / 1193 m|
| Time:||35 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: figueroa, zaca|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3590 ft / 1094 m Total Trip Loss: 3594 ft / 1096 m
|1||Figueroa Mountain||2018-12-22 b||1264 ft / 385 m|
|2||Zaca Peak||2018-12-22 c||2326 ft / 709 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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