Ascent of Mount Russell on 2015-02-26
|Date:||Thursday, February 26, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2704 ft / 824 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI briefly read the reports beforehand so I was aware of the hunting but I didn’t realize until I arrived that the trail for this hike goes through a hunting area. Yes, you read that correctly. You will be hiking directly through a duck hunting area. Bring your favorite kevlar hiking vest, don’t make any quacking sounds, and hike fast!
I fortunately arrived at a good time (4:00pm on a Thursday). There is an entry fee of $10 per vehicle. (Yes, you have to pay to hike through a killing field.) However, when I came there was nobody at the entrance and a sign to proceed without paying. Luck was with me again as there were no hunters. I and the ducks were relieved. I’d suggest that you call the Lake Perris State Recreation Area to find out if hunters might be present when you plan to hike. Perhaps, I was there off season.
I ascended the canyon on the left (west) and came down on the other side (east). Either side is doable, except east side is better. There is a faint trail from the top coming down on the east side which petered out about half way down. There were lots of tumbleweed and thorny plants on both sides. Gaiters would be a good idea.
The view was nice. Snow on the mountains. Would make a nice hike to watch the sun set if there was a clear trail down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1016 ft / 309 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.7 mi / 6 km|
| Trailhead:||1688 ft / 514 m|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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