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Ascent of Kwaay Paay on 2016-05-01

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kwaay Paay
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1194 ft / 363 m

Ascent Trip Report

Long flight from Orlando to San Diego. Rented car and immediately drove to the mountains and picked this hike first since it was to have less people clutter as it is not as popular as Cowles Mountain. About 30 minutes from airport. I parked along the roadway Father Junipero Serra Trail and then hiked down to the Old Mission Dam and touched water as my trailhead. I then hiked up the West TH which is shorter and more direct. The sign says 1.1 miles from the actual TH but I started my TH a bit lower at the dam for more vertical ascent. The trail when dry gets pretty slippery with sand on a steep slope near the top and most people were sliding a bit. I passed perhaps 10 people on the way up and another 10 on the way down. Views are so so. Terrain is not as interesting as the Cowles-Pyles Peak side. I ventured down the East Trail which goes down a small saddle an up and over a small knoll at EL 508 and extended my hike a bit back to the car by making it a longer loop. But it was still under 3 miles total.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1014 ft / 308 m
    Total Elevation Loss:989 ft / 300 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
72F beautiful day but hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:934 ft / 284 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 919 ft / 280 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:West Kwaay Paay TH
    Start Trailhead:Historic Dam Site  275 ft / 83 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:974 ft / 296 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 894 ft / 272 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Lopped back using East TH over lookout point 508
    End Trailhead:parking lot  300 ft / 91 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: San Diego Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kwaay Paay2016-05-01 a1014 ft / 309 m
2Peak 11992016-05-01 b504 ft / 154 m
3Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 c521 ft / 159 m
4Peak 13802016-05-01 d210 ft / 64 m
5Pyles Peak2016-05-01 e279 ft / 85 m
6Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 f541 ft / 165 m
7Woodson Mountain2016-05-02 g1994 ft / 608 m
8Black Mountain2016-05-02 h907 ft / 276 m
9Little Black Mountain2016-05-02 i405 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 6375 ft / 1943 m    Total Trip Loss: 6290 ft / 1918 m



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