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Ascent of Cathedral Peak on 2020-05-03

Climber: Greg Sweel

Others in Party:Robert Luher
Date:Sunday, May 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cathedral Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3333 ft / 1015 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started early again (7am) at the gate leading up to La Cumbre Peak along East Camino Cielo. Followed the paved road to the right. At the picnic bench turned right on the use trail by the fallen log and down to the saddle. Steep in a few places, but plenty of rocks to maneuver around and over. Now ascending to the summit, I hear movement behind me and along comes another hiker. We chat and it turns out to be Robert Luher. We climb together to a scramble just below the summit. Register located. Beautiful view up and down the coast and out to the Channel Islands. Was expecting much more wind, but it was calm. On the descent, Robert continued on as I fell behind and we parted ways. Always nice to meet a fellow Peakbagger. Finally made it back to trailhead and really liked this peak. Note: from the direction I took the trail declines then rises to the summit, so the net gain is negative since the trailhead is higher than the peak. I don't remember ever doing it like that before.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:577 ft / 175 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Trailhead:La Cumbre picnic table  3910 ft / 1191 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 



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