Ascent of Combs Peak on 2014-11-29

Climber: Jim Wick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Combs Peak
    Elevation:6193 ft / 1887 m

Ascent Trip Report

A gorgeous warm day. way above average for temperatures this time of year. Summit temp was mid-70s at 10am. Parked at the PCT crossing on Lost Valley Rd. Started hiking a little later than planned at 8:50am. Noticed another parked car but didn't see anyone the entire hike; maybe they hiked south on the PCT? I was good to see the vegetation coming back after the last fire; especially the little pines. I reached the saddle in about 45 minutes; reached the summit another 22 minutes later. Took plenty of pictures. Found the benchmark, reference marker 1, reference marker 2, and the register. The oldest notepad was from April 1995. Noticed several names I know. I replaced the ziplock bag as the "zipper" had torn. The oldest notepad is almost dust; should be archived. Summit time was about 15 minutes. Return hike was about 57 minutes as I wanted to get to my next objective. The way up/down from the summit is well ducked up the steep terrain; only a couple loose scree sections.

This was the first stop of a 4 peak day which is aggressive due to the short daylight hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1256 ft / 382 m
    Extra Gain:55 ft / 16 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:PCT & XC
    Trailhead:PCT @ Lost Valley Rd  5047 ft / 1538 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Hours 57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Combs Mtn 2014

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Combs Peak2014-11-291256 ft / 383 m
2Mica Benchmark2014-11-2989 ft / 27 m
3Palomar Mountain2014-11-29 
4Black Mountain2014-11-29607 ft / 185 m
Total Trip Gain: 1952 ft / 595 m    Total Trip Loss: 1952 ft / 595 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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