Ascent of Figueroa Mountain on 2018-12-22

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Figueroa Mountain
    Elevation:4528 ft / 1380 m

Ascent Trip Report

lately 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
1Figueroa Mountain2018-12-22 b1264 ft / 385 m
2Zaca Peak2018-12-22 c2326 ft / 709 m
Total Trip Gain: 3590 ft / 1094 m    Total Trip Loss: 3594 ft / 1096 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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