Ascent of Eagle Peak on 2020-12-27

Climber: Jim Wick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Eagle Peak
    Elevation:3226 ft / 983 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in via Descanso/I-8; left via north via Pine Hills/SR-78. The distance from my house was exactly the same either way however can drive much faster on I-8. The unpaved road sections were doable in a sedan. The entrance to the parking area at the trail head had significant ruts. I was able to drive around them however something will need to be done eventually (no parking along the road).

I arrived just before 8am; there were already 8 vehicles there. Due to amount of traffic this area gets, there should be pit toilets; even something like a composting bin for dog poop. Headed down the trail (same trail head for three sisters falls). Not too far down there is a post (no sign or is missing). Turn down and hard left to continue to the falls. Straight goes to the peak. I got halfway to the peak and I could hear lots of voices and eventually could see two large groups taking a break about halfway up the peak. The trail is obvious until you reach the base of Eagle Peak. Then there are lots of use trails all over the place. Luckily I knew which direction I needed to go. Just passed halfway up, I came across two hikers separated from their group. They were lost. I pointed then led the way up. When I reached the second bump, I came across another two hikers. They asked me how much farther to three sisters falls. (jaw drop) "well, you are going in the wrong direction and are about two miles passed the turnoff". I then pointed in the distance to the rock faces above the falls. Conversation got animated (spanish) with two more hikers nearby. I continued onto the actual summit. Once at the summit, there was another three hikers beyond the summit. A couple of them had descended a ways toward the west. They asked me is this the way to Devils PunchBowl (near the falls). I broke the bad news again. Conversation got animated in spanish again. All the hikers turned around once I told them their mistake. Three of them actually reached the summit but they weren't interested in the summit. Found the benchmark and two reference marks. Signed the register. Took pictures; the views are great. A big winter storm was scheduled to hit in the evening so the clouds continued to get darker throughout the hike.

I started back. It didn't take me long to hear the loud chatter of the wayward hikers. I returned the same way as my approach. I can only assume they took one of the other use trails because when I reached the bottom they were behind me. I had passed around them. They were lost again on the northern slope. I was wearing a bright red shirt; which a few of them spotted me in the distance. I could hear the animated spanish again. I chuckled as you didn't have to speak spanish to understand. At least this time all the hikers/groups stayed together. I was a visual reference point for them to descend. I waited a bit to make sure the reached the main trail (no more use trails). I took off again; occasionally checked on their progress was in the correct direction. I stopped at the post in the trail and waited for the first of the hikers to arrive. I made a rock arrow on the ground while I waited. I pointed towards the falls (the upper falls were visible from this location). Another group of hikers returning from the falls arrived. They commented that there wasn't any water going over the falls; just a pool at the bottom. I told them there will be water flowing after the storm hits. I wished them luck and headed back to the vehicle. I don't know if they actually went to the falls. I hoped they didn't; they had expended a large amount of energy going to eagle peak and would need the same energy or more to return from the falls...don't know if they had enough water at this point as it appeared many of them had used half what they carried (appeared that each had started with one liter or less). Obviously they didn't have many of the hiking essentials.

I will return someday to hike the falls and Lillian Hill. Stats include all breaks; the only breaks I took were for photos or waiting for the lost hikers.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1203 ft / 366 m
    Extra Gain:422 ft / 128 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Trailhead:Three Sisters TH  2867 ft / 873 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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