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Ascent of Mount Rudolph on 2014-11-07

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Friday, November 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rudolph
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2649 ft / 807 m

Ascent Trip Report

Private hike by myself. We were staying at Cherry Valley RV resort. I was hoping to pick up 5 peaks, but only got 4. Have to figure out a different way to the Neuvo BM.
First peak of the day was Mt. Rudolph. Driving route from Rt. 10 was south on Rt. 79 to the Ramona Expressway. Turn right (west). Go about 6 miles to Hansen. Turn left (south). Go 2 miles south to Contour Rd. Turn left (east). Go 1 mile to Warren. Warren is an unmarked dirt road. If you come to Stagecoach Rd. you went too far. Turn left (north) on Warren. Go north on Warren for about 6/10th of a mile, keeping straight at the first junction. Warren will curve to the right (east). At this point you are on Pulsar Road. Go about 2.4 miles on Pulsar until you are SE of Rudolph. Turn left at the dirt road go down about 50 feet to a flat space. At this point you would need a good 4WD to go further. Up to this point, a good HCV will make it ok. It is very important to mark your way in. There are a lot of dirt roads in this area and it is easy to get lost on the return. I know from personal experience. The hike is very simple. Just continue on the road for about 2/10th of a mile to the summit. The summit is a large flat spot with some large rocks on the north end and a couple of old rusty gate posts on the east side. There are a lot of local colorful paintings on the rocks. I found a triangular bench mark on some rocks on the south end. There may have been a BM on the large rocks, but since I was alone, I didn’t want to risk climbing the rocks. Return the same way you came, being careful to not get off on a side road.
Next on the agenda was the Lakeviews and Nuevo BM. When I came to Contour, turned left (east). Continue on Contour (it eventually becomes Juniper Flats rd.) to a stop sign. Turn right on Juniper Springs road. Go about 1 mile to Sky Mesa Road. Turn right (north). My original plan was to follow this road to a saddle between the Lakeviews, then on to Nuevo. But it was not to be. Within about a tenth of a mile I came up a locked gate with no trespassing sign and security cameras everywhere. So I went back to Ruth Lane and turned right (west). Follow this road about 7/10th of a mile to a junction with Luna Rd. There road changes names several times. I decided to park at this point because there was a lot private property in this area. When I returned to the car, a young man was standing there and wanted to know what I was doing. He was friendly, but he warned me people in the area don’t take kindly to trespassers and they have big dogs. Such is the life of a Peakbagger. The hike begins on Luna. Follow it a short distance to a point where it curves to the right. Continue a short distance to a point where a road comes in from the left (north). Walk up this road going around a wire gate. Continue a short distance to a green water tank. At this point, you will be cross countrying . Head north to a point where you can get around a fence. At this point you should see an old jeep road switch backing up to a ridge. You will be following some fence posts with PVC pipes on them. At this point you should be able to look down and see a paved road and some houses. Drop down to the paved road. This road is Tapatia. Follow it past a house with a couple of iron horses to a junction with Via Palmer. This was the point I was hoping to reach by car via Sky Mesa Road. Turn right (east) and walk a short distance to Lakeview Mtn. High Point. There is a bunch of communication tower on this summit. I could not find any bench marks. Return to the junction and go west on a paved road to a stop sign. Turn left and go a short distance to where the road ends. Cross country a short distance to the summit of Lakeview Bench Mark. There is a bench mark on the summit. It is a small round pipe with some marking on it.
Next, was my last and easiest peak of the day – Hules Hill. Go back to Juniper Springs Rd. Turn right (south) and take it to Rt. 74. Turn left (east) and go just past Rt. 79. You will see a store called Hwy.79 Discount Center (?????). Turn right (south) into what looks like a large dirt parking area. Follow a road that heads south a short distance to a yellow gate. This day, the gate happened to be open so I could drive within a quarter of a mile of the summit. If the gate was locked you would have to add about 2 miles and a couple of hundred feet to this hike. This road is steep and loose in spots but again, a good HCV should be able to make it. There are some communication towers on a peak before Hules. Park here (make sure you don’t block any gates) and follow a use trail south a quarter of a mile to the summit. I didn’t find any BM’s on the summit. Return the same way.
A couple notes. Some of the distances noted are approximations. I drive a Toyota Tundra with a large V-8 engine. My vehicle made all the roads with no problem. With the Lakeviews, be careful with the private property. You will have to cross private property, be discrete. Also, this is the way I went. There may be other approaches that might work just as well.
9:10 am Depart. 2540’
9:20 am Mt. Rudolph. 2649’. 0.5 miles, 100’
9:45 am Car. 1 mile rt, 100’ gain, 35 minutes.
11:00 am Depart. 2100’
12:00 pm Lakeview Mtn. High Point. 2673’
12:30 pm Lakeview Bench Mark. 2658’
1:35 pm Car. 3 miles rt, 700’ gain, 2 hours, 35 minutes.
2:00 pm Depart. 2000’
2:15 pm Hules Hill. 2081’
2:30 pm Car. 0.5 miles rt, 80’ gain, 30 minutes.
Total for the day: 5 miles rt, 880’ gain, 3 hours, 40 minutes
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