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Ascent of Grapevine Mountain on 2014-04-27

Climber: Phillip Katzmann

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grapevine Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3955 ft / 1205 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove out to San Felipe Valley (part of S2) and parked in the dirt lot near the Butterfield Historical Marker. Windy and chilly to begin with. Immediately saw three PCT hikers and realized this is the time of the year to begin the thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I headed east with the sun in my eyes straight up the massif crossing the PCT as well. Pretty straight forward.
Aimed for the ridge line following it up to peak 3831. Beautiful views of San Felipe valley to the west and Shelter Valley to the east south east. Windy and somewhat chilly. Coming over a false peak a mule deer scampered up to the ridge. Descended north to a clearing between peak 3831 and Grapevine Mt. then went straight up to the summit of Grapevine Mt. There are three markers indicating the summit. Great views to the north revealing Grapevine Hills, Pinyon Mt. to the east south east and San Felipe Valley to the west.
On the way down I followed the westerly ridge and descended until I crossed the PCT, taking it back to the Jeep. Met a couple of thru hikers. One older guy was teetering along about one mile per hour. Asked how he was going to which he replied "It's going. " He'll be hard pressed to make it to Mojave let alone Manning Park.
Beautiful and simple climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2555 ft / 778 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2555 ft / 778 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Clear and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2055 ft / 626 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1555 ft / 474 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Headed straight east crossing PCT ascending to pea
    Start Trailhead:Staging area Scissor Corner east side  2400 ft / 731 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2055 ft / 626 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1555 ft / 474 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Route:Did not descend same route. Headed due west from s
    End Trailhead:Staging area Scissor Corner east side  2400 ft / 731 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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