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Ascent of Moulton Peak on 2017-02-20

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Moulton Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:887 ft / 270 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was hoping to make this a great hike. I parked at the local park (Canyon View Park) in public parking that was available here. No private park warnings like at Ridge Park and Signal Hill. I walked down to the bottom of the park and the ravine and found a great hiking trail system and was all pumped to start my TH way lower and earn this small prominence peak when once again.........there were signs saying to not use the trails that they needed more days to dry out. It said up to 3 days and I can tell you this was my third day of being told no somewhere it is too wet and dangerous. Dangerous? I wish the people that posted signs saying stuff like this is dangerous would try a real alpine ascent somewhere and place the concept of risk into proper perspective but then again there is way too many people suing over their own lack of accountability for their own actions so I do understand why every public park any more feels obligated to place a disclaimer everywhere....and here we are America!

After starting my hike down low and hoping to intersect with the public street to then catch the track that used, I ran into a gated street. IN other words you can not follow Pepper Tree from the public park back out to the public R/W. Ughhhh and had to hike around but that gave me many more steps and who am I to not find extra steps as a blessing to my health? Hiking back out and around the park then I found my way over to Spruce Tree and noticed that there is fine public parking along the public part of Pepper Tree Drive. Near Sprucewood I looked for the track that was shown by Keith Winston that he generously shows with a GPS track and there it was off the public R/W. This steep unmaintained trail is used by locals to ride bikes and hike up past the water tower. There are some warning signs along the route but they appeared to be saying do not venture into the reclaimed water spray areas. Or at least that is how I interpreted it and by the looks of the boot prints and bike prints I am not alone. The mud was dry enough that I did not slide once as I suspected despite all the warning signs down at the park gate below that had turned me back with "no trails are open" This little local herd trail was not under the park postings apparently so thanks Keith!

The hike up to and around the water tank led to a trail up the peak and BM and a nice view of the valley below. On the way down on the backside of the peak was a wilderness of trails to hike and bike trails. There are likely the same trails that the park had gated off as too wet and too dangerous to hike/bike. I saw fresh boot prints and bike prints verifying that folks were already using them today. I hiked down one of them to get a nice view of the valley. I would come back and hike this area for fun once the trails are open again. I gained several hundred feet of additional gain getting back up to the water tank and the headed back to the car.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:637 ft / 193 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
60F wanting to rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:477 ft / 145 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 437 ft / 133 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Complicated see TR  450 ft / 137 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Irvine-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Signal Peak2017-02-20 a624 ft / 190 m
2Moulton Peak2017-02-20 b637 ft / 194 m
3French Hill2017-02-20 c306 ft / 93 m
Total Trip Gain: 1567 ft / 477 m    Total Trip Loss: 1090 ft / 332 m



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