Ascent of Mount Russell on 2012-04-29

Climber: Patrick ONeill

Date:Sunday, April 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Russell
    Elevation:2704 ft / 824 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed instructions in the LPC guide. LPC Guide says to head north to the canyon leading towards Mt Russel at about one mile, elevation 1800', head for the canyon mouth, follow use trail on left (west) and to transition to a use trail on the right (east) about halfway up. On the ascent it was not easy to clearly locate the mentioned trails. On the descent, it was much easier to see and follow the use trails. The best spot to head for the canyon was at mile 0.6 (elevation 1750) from the hunters' parking lot, staying to the west of the shallow gullies between there and mile 1, 1800' elevation. That spot is just after a single brown wooden hitching post and before two yellow survey markers (one on each side of the dirt road). If the dirt road turns north before you head cross country, you have missed the more direct route. The growth looks thick but it is sparse enough for easy passage with paths made by wildlife and hunters. The cross over from left to right is only about .15 miles from the canyon mouth, not about halfway up, at the first significant prominence along the canyon ascent. See the GPS track for exact locations, the route up was the LPC guide's stated turnoff from the road, the more direct route was from the return. The two routes were pretty much identical on the cross country portion aside from the longer route with the LPC instructions.

Also, depending on the how busy the park is that day, I would suggest using the northern entrance to the Lake Perris State Park (on Via Del Lago) as opposed to the western entrance on Lake Perris Drive. There was a line and a 15 minute wait to get entrance on the western entrance on the day I went and no line at all on the northern entrance.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1220 ft / 371 m
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1220 ft / 371 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Start Trailhead:1484 ft / 452 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick ONeill
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