Ascent of Stonewall Peak on 2019-08-17

Climber: Matthew Rosen

Date:Saturday, August 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stonewall Peak
    Elevation:5730 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy Hike. Took me about an hour up and fifty minutes down but could have been completed faster if I wanted to not have fun. Possibly one of the best views in San Diego County, and would love to see how it changes with the seasons. There is a bit of shade but a lot of the oaks and pines that were on this peak are burned as a result of the Cedar Fire. Park at Stonewall Peak Trailhead, its $10 for day use, which is unavoidable in a lot of Forest Service areas. The trail is very well marked and it would take an idiot to lose it. According to caltopo the gross elevation gain is 1046ft at 1.93 miles, making a total of 1046ft gain 1046ft loss and 3.84miles.

The only downside is that on a weekend (like when I went) there is a fair amount of people, expect to see ~15-20 on the trail and ~10 at the summit. Many play music out loud on speakers and talk loudly on the summit. Start early or on a weekday (or both) to avoid them. I saw an empty water bottle at the summit and picked that up.

Great views to the north of Palomar, Jacinto, and North Peak, to the north-east the Salton Sea peeks out behind Granite Mountain, to the east lays a lot of unnamed bumps and a few peaks such as Garnet with the Sunrise Highway cutting its way through the landscape. The landscape continues south with the hilly peninsular range extending down to Mexico.

Great Hike and worth the drive, stop in Julian and at Desert View Park if you can for a full day of tourism.

P.S. I drank about 48oz of water, but you should carry at least 64, the only place to fill up water is at the parking lot and there are no water sources on the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Warm, with very pleasant breeze

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