Ascent of Mount Russell on 2019-12-07

Climber: Robert Luher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, December 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Russell
    Elevation:2704 ft / 824 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked on a dirt turnout on Via Del Lago Road off Moreno Beach Drive just past the last neighborhood ont eh right (about 3/4 miles short of the park entry gate). The turnout is large enough for about 10 cars.
Hiked across the road to a use trail leading to a series of intersecting dirt roads for about 1 1/4 miles. Eventually reached a boulder (10 foot tall) to the right of the road where the use trail up to the ridge started. The trail was steep but easy to follow. Once reaching the ridge, the trail continued to ascend to a plateau at 2480 and then to the right of a bump at 2640. This portion of the trail was easy to follow as the brush had apparently been burned away a few years back. After passing the bump at 2640, the trail descended to a shallow saddle before continuing the final ascent to the summit. This portion of the trail had been recently clipped and very easy to follow. The summit is marked by an American Flag, where I found a register canister (white PVC Pipe), but no register. It appeared that the high point was about 50 feet to the east of the flag (atop the boulders). I climbed the boulders to the obvious high point, and since low clouds obscured the view, I did not see much point in resting, so returned along the same route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1044 ft / 318 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1044 ft / 317 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1044 ft / 318 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 964 ft / 294 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Use Trail
    Start Trailhead:Turnout on Via Del Lago  1740 ft / 530 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:964 ft / 293 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Use Trail
    End Trailhead:Turnout on Via Del Lago  1740 ft / 530 m
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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