Ascent of Pincushion Mountain on 2019-01-19

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pincushion Mountain
    Elevation:1582 ft / 482 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a super popular hike and getaway spot near Millerton Lake. There were at least 2 dozen cars lining up and down the street at the trailhead. Many bring their dogs and this had a bit of a Mission Peak (Fremont) feel to it. I had looked at the maps ahead of time and had decided to go over Pincushion and continue on trail over the other side, and make a loop hike, extending what could be a hike as short as 2.5 miles.

There were fewer people once I passed Pincushion, and as I got to my designated turn around spot to loop back, I was struck by a nice looking flat top peak not too far ahead. There are a lot of this type of peak in this area, many "Table Mountains" and variants. I was happy to find that they trail went to within a couple hundred vertical feet of the top, with the top owned by a preserve. I went up steep slopes (grass, not rock) and experienced the odd feeling of cresting on the top of a flat area the size of about 25 football fields. Pretty cool after such a steep ascent and then just flatness everywhere. This was not a recognized peak or P300, just a nice add on which I recommend for the views and just to extend your hike if you have time.

On my way back down I met a photographer who informed me that we were less than a half hour outside of Fresno and that's where everyone was coming from. Great hike, but probably better for a non-weekend. Unpleasant during summer for sure.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1676 ft / 510 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1676 ft / 510 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.9 km
    Start Trailhead:-94 ft / -28 m
    Time:2 Hours 33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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