Ascent of Mount Sutro on 2014-07-28

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sutro
    Elevation:908 ft / 276 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ben Lostracco's TR was helpful in locating this TH. Although there is more than ample parking among the UCSF buildings off Johnstone Drive, parking is reserved for UCSF people and guests. I parked on Clarendon Ave across from Johnstone Dr, then walked up Johnstone Dr to #155 at the intersection of Medical Center Way. A very short distance up from here is the well signed East Ridge Tr, which switchbacks through the eucalyptus forest to the fairly broad, open summit of Mt. Sutro. There are no defining features on top and the view is obscured by the forest. I completed a loop by continuing on the East Ridge Tr past the bedraggled Rotary Native Plant Garden, then connecting with paved Nike Road and the upper end of Johnstone Dr, which I followed down to Clarendon and my car. An estimated distance of 0.9 miles RT with a leisurely time of 45 minutes. Not much interest in returning via Nike Rd.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:208 ft / 63 m
    Total Elevation Loss:208 ft / 63 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:208 ft / 63 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:East Ridge Tr
    Start Trailhead:Clarendon Ave/Johnstone Dr  700 ft / 213 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:208 ft / 63 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Nike Rd
    End Trailhead:Clarendon Ave/Johnstone Dr  700 ft / 213 m
    Time:25 Minutes

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