Ascent of Merced Heights on 2013-09-19

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Merced Heights
    Elevation:535 ft / 163 m

Ascent Trip Report

The HP of Merced Heights, one of the City's lesser known neighborhoods, is located in the Lakeview-Ashton Minipark, owned by the Recreation and Park Department. It is sometimes referred to as the Shields Orizaba Rock Outcrop. The Park, minimally maintained, is located at the top of a hill bounded by two unconnected streets, Orizaba and Shields. The easily ascended rocky HP crag offers a particularly fine panorama of the City on a fog-free day like today. An otherwise rather drab spot, the park turns green and shows off various wildflowers in the spring.

I approached the park from southbound 19th Avenue, turning E (left) on Holloway Ave, then S (right) on Bright St uphill to Shields St, where I parked at the corner and walked up the short block to the top of Shields, which borders the Park. An informal trail with minor scrambling leads to the HP.

For more info:
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:85 ft / 25 m
    Total Elevation Loss:85 ft / 25 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Enjoyable fog-free San Francisco weather
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Shields St to Minipark
    Start Trailhead:Corner of Shields & Bright Streets  450 ft / 137 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Shields St to Bright St
    End Trailhead:Corner of Shields & Bright Streets  450 ft / 137 m
    Time:5 Minutes

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