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Ascent of Slide Mountain Lookout on 2016-02-06

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slide Mountain Lookout
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4631 ft / 1411 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike with Laura Franciosi as the co-leader. Joining us was Doris Duval, Mari Saca, Marlen Mertz, and Bill Faulkner. It was a beautiful day, although a bit windy. We followed the peak guide driving instruction, meeting at Sylmar, then driving north on I5 to Templin, went west on Templin to the Old 99 then north to the locked gate. From there we walked about 1.5 miles on paved road to an old fire road coming in from our left. We then followed this road about a mile to a flat spot known as Kermet’s Corner. There was no sign or bench, but there was a post. We then made a sharp left and the road quickly became a trail. It was just a matter of following this trail about 2 ½ miles to the summit.
There is a Lookout on the summit. It was not manned. I understand they managed to save this Lookout from the last fire by wrapping a fire proof plastic around it. We also found a benchmark, an official register (which no one seems to sign) and our familiar red register can. We spent a relaxing ½ hour on the summit enjoying the views of White, Black, Cobblestone and the Tehachapis. Also Liebre, Burnt and Sawtooth are visible, as is Pyramid Lake and Lake Piru. The bedding planes of the sedimentary rocks in both walls of the Piru Gorge are tilted at angles of 30’, making for a very nice scenic area.
Both the dirt road and the trail are in excellent shape. I last did this in 2007 and I remember there were some rough spots. The recent rains had made the ground soft and easy to walk on. As I mentioned we did encounter winds of 25-30 mph as we walked along the paved road, but once we were in the lee of the mountain, the winds were not a problem. And by the time we reached the top, the winds had subsided. One plus about this peak, there is a very clean outhouse on the summit. On the way back, we came across about 6-7 semi trucks, 5-6 RV trailers and other equipment. There was a security guard there and it seems that on Monday they were going to film an episode of the TV program Scorpion. We missed our chance to be TV stars.
All and all, it was a great day enjoyed by all. Below are the stats I got on my GPS. They don’t quite agree with the peak, but then they usually don’t.
7:53 am Depart. 2120’
8:30 am Junction with fire road. 2234’, 1.78 miles
9:00 am Kermet’s Corner. 2934’, 2.79 miles
10:50 am Slide Mtn. LO. 4631’, 5.68 miles
1:40 pm Cars. 11.55 miles, 2500’ gain, 5 hours, 50 minutes.
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