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Ascent of Hot Springs Mountain on 2016-10-23

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hot Springs Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6533 ft / 1991 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove from Santiago Peak, arriving at the guard gate to the Los Coyotes Reservation around 7pm.

The guard house was empty since its posted hours are 8am-6pm, and no one was in the police building. I decided to just hop back in the car and keep driving to the Los Coyotes Campground. The road is in good shape and easily passable by a passenger car.

The Los Coyotes Campground lies at the trailhead for Hot Springs Mtn, about 2.7mi from the gate. It's a fairly primitive campground at $25/night (I stopped and paid on my way out). It has portapotties but no running water. Didn't see a soul the whole night.

Woke bright and early Sunday morning, eager to be on my way. The trail itself follows a dirt road, beginning at a chained gate. (This is the gate for which you need a key and permission from the reservation guard house if you want to take your 4WD to the top.)

The first few miles are open without much shade. Thankfully, the later sections have nice tree cover. I must admit I didn't like the trail much. I had expected more of a ridge walk with nice views, but all but the last half mile of the road is in a canyon or has trees blocking all views. And wow, the flies/gnats were awful. I highly recommend a bug net :) if flies drive you crazy.

A lookout tower stands poised on the west bump. The east bump is higher; continue east through a groomed use trail towards a monolithic granite summit on the east. Two registers lay on a lower block beneath the proper summit, the oldest entry of which dated back to 2002. Would've thought Hot Springs Mtn would have more visitors but guess not.

Three easy class 3 moves put you on top of the proper summit with great views to the west and east. Someone had tied some webbing, anchored to two bolts on the top, for assistance climbing up/down from the block. The webbing looked in good enough shape, but I just down-climbed the northwest side near the tree.

On the way back to the car, I made a quick detour to Peak 6400 to get a view of Hot Springs Mtn from a different angle.

With the detour, the trip took a little over 3hr, leaving me plenty of time to drive out to Blue Angels Peak.

More photos:
Lookout tower
Stepladder to lookout tower, missing rungs
Western highpoint, adjacent to lookout tower
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2593 ft / 790 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2593 ft / 790 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2143 ft / 653 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1923 ft / 586 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Hot Springs Mtn Rd
    Start Trailhead:4610 ft / 1405 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2373 ft / 723 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1923 ft / 586 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Gain on way out:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Hot Springs Mtn Rd
    End Trailhead:4610 ft / 1405 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: HotSpringsMtn.201610

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hot Springs Mountain2016-10-23 a2593 ft / 790 m
2Peak 64002016-10-23 b 
Total Trip Gain: 2593 ft / 790 m    Total Trip Loss: 2593 ft / 790 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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