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Ascent of East Mountain on 2017-02-17

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, February 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:East Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1563 ft / 476 m

Ascent Trip Report

East Mountain is actually lower than East Peak. It is just a small subpeak along the long ridge heading southwest to East Peak which is the tallest feature on the southern portion of the island. It has the second most prominence of any peak south of the isthmus that separates Catalina into essential two nearly separate islands (and during higher sea level periods it is two separate islands). The ridge between Cactus-2 and East Mountain has many up and down rolls so you get some additional gain. About half the way to the top the clay maintenance roads merge with the fire breaks and you can go back to hiking the roads. The roads are much less steep and easier terrain to hike especially in the rain.
The clouds were rolling in with high winds and we lost all of our good views. The actual peak was anticlimactic as we were in a white out of low wet cloud cover by the time we reached the summit. It is found just off the road on another fire break. Then we headed quickly to the taller feature East Peak. We had been hiking now for about 2 hours and it was getting wet and cold.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:783 ft / 238 m
    Total Elevation Loss:183 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast
drizzle and windy up to 40 mpg gusts
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:758 ft / 231 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 663 ft / 202 m; Extra: 95 ft / 28m
    Loss on way in:95 ft / 28 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:East End Light Road to fire break
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Cactus-2 and peak  900 ft / 274 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:88 ft / 26 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 63 ft / 19 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:East End Light Road to
    End Trailhead:saddle between two peaks  1500 ft / 457 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Catalina

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Ord 2 Benchmark2017-02-17 a952 ft / 290 m
2Cactus 2 Benchmark2017-02-17 b490 ft / 149 m
3East Mountain2017-02-17 c783 ft / 239 m
4East Peak2017-02-17 d1084 ft / 330 m
5(Attempt) Black Jack Mountain2017-02-18 e0 ft / 0 m
6Catalina Point2017-02-18 f265 ft / 81 m
6North Spur 2 Benchmark2017-02-18 g870 ft / 265 m
Total Trip Gain: 4444 ft / 1354 m    Total Trip Loss: 4144 ft / 1263 m



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