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Ascent of French Hill on 2016-05-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:French Hill
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:426 ft / 129 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got up at 5 AM and drove from the hotel to the Turtle Rock area near the campus, and parked on Concordia near the intersection with Turtle Rock Dr. I intended to use Patrick O'Niel's GPS route. I ran found parking easily at this hour on the opposite side of the hill. I quickly hiked up the tall mound and was treated to the lights of the city and seeing the sun trying to rise through the clouds but no time to see it peek through, I had to get a 4 mile circuit in and get back to the hotel in time to meet the boss for breakfast.

I passed the rock mound that represents the peak and then headed down the opposite side and once I got to the bottom realized this was not the route Patrick used to circumnavigate the park but I did not have time to go back up so I crossed Turtle Creek Road and found the bike trail and hiked it over and regained his track and then hiked over to the taller mound in the Turtle Rock area. On the way I chased along the path of coyote and followed him for about a half mile. I ended up doing the Turtle Rock ridge highpoint twice and returning back to the area near my car and hiked up French Hill a second time from another direction and thus, got in my 4 miles, and more than 1k in vertical gain for the day in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:331 ft / 100 m
    Total Elevation Loss:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
60F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:321 ft / 97 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 296 ft / 90 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Concordia to Summit Trail
    Start Trailhead:creek near Concordia and Daystar  130 ft / 39 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:trail to Turtle Rock Road, trail and bike lane
    End Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks on bike path  
Ascent Part of Trip: Irvine-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1French Hill2016-05-05 a331 ft / 101 m
2Turtle Rock Park High Point2016-05-05 b280 ft / 85 m
3Turtle Rock Park High Point2016-05-05 c255 ft / 78 m
4French Hill2016-05-05 d196 ft / 60 m
Total Trip Gain: 1062 ft / 324 m    Total Trip Loss: 901 ft / 275 m



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