Ascent of Eagle Crag on 2013-01-06

Climber: Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach

Date:Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Crag
    Elevation:5077 ft / 1547 m

Ascent Trip Report

Given how remarkably clear the Palomar Divide Trail was a few days ago, we decided to tackle Eagle Crag. Ascended the Wild Horse Trail (completely open and clear) to the Crosley Saddle. Left on to the Palomar Divide trail for approx 1.7 miles. There was a bit of navigation around deadfall and trees and some hopping over of bushes and stuff - but the trail was reasonably open. Some of the weeds had grown up quite a bit, and I wouldn't want to hike when everything was blooming - but overall the trail from the Crosley Saddle was in reasonable condition. Found the ducked route up to Eagle Crag. STEEP - but for the most part not too slippery. Kept the gully on our left for the initial ascent and then followed the GPS to the top. Pink streamers on the tree limbs were well placed and lead us in the right direction. Once the pitch of the hill evened out, it was a brutal bushwhack to the summit. Gloves were totally necessary. At lunch, signed the register and traced our steps back down. Once we were back on the Palomar Divide it wasn't bad. Reaching the Crosley Saddle meant 10.1 miles of clear trail - excellent! Great day to hike with a great hiking partner - Christine! Start time: 6:10 am. End time: 3:25 pm. Total distance - 25 miles.
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