Ascent of Saddle Peak West on 2014-12-23

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddle Peak West
    Elevation:2805 ft / 854 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a schedule hike with Pat Arredondo as the co-leader. Joining us was Bruce Craig, Pat Vaughn, Bob Mesick, Bill Ossa, John Southworth and Wasim Khan. Our goal was to get 2 Lower Peaks and 3 Peakbagger Peaks.
We followed the LP peak guide instructions for the Primary Route (Stunt road to Calabasas Peak Motorway). We walked up the road to a point where it takes a sharp turn to the right (southeast) then a sharp turn to the left (north). Shortly after this last turn, you will see a use trail leave the road on the left. Take this to the summit. There was a register and benchmark on the summit. On the way back, we did Red Rock Canyon Overlook. At the intersection with Red Rock Rd, you will see an old cement water tank with a pipe coming out of it. There was a use trail to the right of this tank. We follow it about 2/10th of a mile and about 250’ of gain to the summit. On the summit, there was a pipe, no register or benchmark. On the way up, we passed a bench with a plaque that said “In Memory of Vince, who loved this view”.
Back to the cars, we continued down Stunt Road to Schueren Rd. There was a vista view at this point. We parked just past this and hike up the Topanga Lookout Motorway to the Lookout passing an old Nike base on the way. All that is left of the Lookout was the foundation. We found no register or benchmark.
Back to the cars, we went back on Stunt Road and parked just before MM 2.83. At this point there is a connector trail to the Backbone Trail. We took this use trail 2/10th of mile to the Backbone Trail, turned left (east) and follow the trail through many switchbacks to a saddle. At the saddle we turned left (north) and walk the short distance to Saddle Peak East. The summit was a plateau. There was no register or benchmark. From there we walked the short distance to Saddle Peak West where there was a bunch of communication towers. There was a benchmark behind some fencing. Returned the same way to the cars.
7:25 am Depart. 1240’
8:18 am Calabasas Peak. 2163’
9:05 am Red Rock Canyon Overlook. 1766’
9:35 am Car. 4 and 1/2 miles round trip, 1150’ gain, 2 hours, 10 minutes
9:55 am Depart. 2340’
10:20 am Topanga Lookout. 2469’
10:50 am Car. 2 miles round trip, 360’ gain, 55 minutes.
11:00 am Depart.
11:55 am Saddle Peak East. 2800’+
12:25 pm Depart.
12:30 pm Saddle Peak West. 2805’
1:15 pm Car. 4 ½ miles round trip, 900’ gain, 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Total for the day: 11 miles round trip, 2410’ gain, 5 hours, 20 minutes.

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