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Ascent of Hot Springs Mountain on 2016-01-17

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Date:Sunday, January 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hot Springs Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6533 ft / 1991 m

Ascent Trip Report

booth was staffed at 9am on sunday. paid $10. the chain that eric kassan described was in place, so the round trip would be 10 miles.

about 2 miles up the trail the road was covered with snow, and it remained covered almost the entire way up. there were a few icy patches so i put on yaktrax... which proved to be overkill as the only ice was over with pretty early on.

subjectively i liked palomar better the day before, because the views were somewhat continuous. on hot springs mountain there are trees obscuring the view during most of the ascent/descent, you really only get a peek at the views once you finally get up to the level of the watchtower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2560 ft / 779 m
    Extra Gain:285 ft / 86 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Trailhead:4543 ft / 1384 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes



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