Ascent of Hog Back on 2015-03-31
|Others in Party:||Tanya Roton|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, March 31, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3868 ft / 1178 m|
Ascent Trip Report***Private Outing***
Tanya, Maya, and I head up from the parking area described in the LPC guides for Stoddard Peak to the SW to climb up on Hog Back, which was about 1/4 mile away with 130' of gain. This little bump is too close to the Highway; cans, bottles, other trash, and graffiti sprayed on the rocks spoil it for all but those who enjoy such things. We came off the top of Hog Back right back down to Mt Baldy Road at a little turn out equipped with a picnic table where 3 Pentecostal type women were set up and were loudly signing their praises to whatever higher power it is that they sing to. All three of us avoided eye contact and continued on our way.
Once back at the Subaru we proceeded as per the LPC guide towards Stoddard Peak, but about half way up to our ultimate objective we headed off to the west to pick up Spring Hill. The use trail to Spring Hill is well marked and landscaped for the first few hundred yards, but then it becomes a cross country travel; first across a really pretty grassy area before we head right into the dreaded bushwack for the final several hundred yards to the summit. All the usual suspects; buckthorne, poodle dog, yucca, mesquite, yuck. We've seen a lot worse though, so we took our time and got through it and made it to a most forgettable summit. Good views up to Stoddard to our south from here, and excellent views of Mt Baldy, et al, to our north.
From Spring Hill, back to the road and then on up to the saddle where the use trail to Stoddard Peak takes up a ridge line over a couple of minor bumps before leaving us at the summit. Good views up in this part of the world.
A little warm today. Wherever the road got shady from the canopy of surrounding trees, thousands of little gnats would get up in your face and bother you. But even the slightest of breeze would blow all those guys away, and there was just barely enough of a breeze to keep those guys from getting really annoying.
Mileage, gain, and time for the whole trip. 6.9 miles, 1,530' gain. 3 hours from car to Stoddard Peak via Hog Back and Spring Hill, 1 hour 20 mins from Stoddard Peak to car.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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