Ascent of Palomar Mountain on 2011-01-01

Climber: Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach

Others in Party:Nathaniel
Date:Saturday, January 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palomar Mountain
    Elevation:6140 ft / 1871 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked behind Oak Grove Fire station. Picked up trail behind and just north of station and followed the single track over a few stream crossings steeply UP, working for approximately an hour before we met up with High Point Road. From there it was a much easier 5-mile trek to the summit, following High Point Road continually UP. Beautiful hike, snow above 5500 feet and slippery/icy surface on the North Side of the trail where the sun can't shine to melt the ice. Beautiful views of Hale Telescope and Palomar to the West. Baldy, Bernardino, Gorgonia, AND Jacinto all visible. Desert views to the East. Could only find one USGS Survey marker near the remains of what was once a weather observation station. Nice lunch with the hubby at the peak across the saddle from the tower. Hot cocoa made it worth it!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4400 ft / 1341 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Trailhead:1740 ft / 530 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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