Ascent of Lily Rock on 2020-06-09

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lily Rock
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m

Ascent Trip Report

My original plan was to climb both Lily and Suicide today, even with my late start of almost 11 but I vastly underestimated how long it would take to hike up to Lily. I used Keith's GPS track to find the turnoff from the Maxwell Trail but mostly followed the use trail and cairns going up. I was surprised at how painfully slow the ascent was due to the steepness and loose ground.

When I finally got a view of the rock I thought I was almost there but it still took some time to reach the approach to the rock climb at the saddle. I had heard voices during that time and when I got there met 3 climbers who had come up the face and were just getting ready to hike down. One of them gave me some beta to reach the summit which saved having to search for the route.

Going up the easier way to the left just above the small half dead tree and then going right worked great, with none of the exposure I had expected. I was surprised how large and flat the summit was, except for the small rock spire in the middle. I didn't see any register or survey marker but there was a metal plate bolted to the rock near the spire, no idea what that was from.

Going down it seemed harder to follow the use trail but at least it was easier physically and I was finally back at the Maxwell Trail, although not where I had left it on the way up. I had been still considering checking out the approach route for Suicide but as it was after 4 PM already, and I still had a 2 hour hike back to my camper I decided to just head on back. Right now the plan is to do Mt. San Jacinto again tomorrow, from the Dear Spring Trail, and if there's enough time Suicide after that but it's unlikely I'll get moving early enough for that. Ah, the joy of being retired, it can always wait until another day.

Total round trip gain was 3708' and total time was 7:28.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3708 ft / 1130 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1407 ft / 428 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3708 ft / 1130 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2301 ft / 701 m; Extra: 1407 ft / 428m
    Loss on way in:1407 ft / 428 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Use trails, Ernie Maxwell Trail, road
    Start Trailhead:FS5S21, my camper   5699 ft / 1737 m
    Time:4 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 19 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Vic Hanson
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