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Ascent of Hines Peak on 2019-07-20

Climber: Mike Maki

Others in Party:Mary Maki
Date:Saturday, July 20, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hines Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6716 ft / 2047 m

Ascent Trip Report

I've wanted to hike this peak for a long time and finally bagged it. Living in Thousand Oaks it is a very prominent peak seen from many locations. Mary and I did the easy route, Getting a permit from the Forest Service (Ojai Ranger Dist) for the Nordhoff Ridge Road and driving 10 miles to the the trailhead. The trailhead is actually the old road that was blocked when the Sespe Wilderness was created. Most of the trail is on the old road, a gently graded, easy to follow route. Beware of poodle dog bush. Easily avoidable but prevalent in the Thomas Fire burn area. As previous reports note, this all changes when you leave the trail and start to climb the peak. It's steep and has the one short section that you need to be careful around with some exposure, but it's a fairly quick climb to the top. There is actually a well worn use trail that ascends the east side of the ridge. The views are spectacular not only from the summit but also along the trail. We were short on time due to a previous commitment on the way down otherwise I would have bagged Topatopa Bluff as well. Mary's been there, I still need it. Note, there is an old ruusted steel drum that some hikers must still believe is a trash can as you near the ridge. We carried out a bunch of old cans and bottles. If everyone brings a bit back we can clean that mess up. Timelapse of the hike up and some pics.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Maki
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