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Ascent of Peak 1715 on 2017-02-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 1715
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1715 ft / 522 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked on Lizzie Street. Then walked down to the intersection of Lizzie Street and Johnson Avenue so to maximize the total hiking gain and make it fine workout. The trail is well defined and goes through some gates and crossed a raging stream that I suspect normally is dry. I collected some interesting oak leafs to key out when I get back home that are quite different than what I am used to. The initial steps where again very muddy near the down slopes but got progressively better along the canyon. There were several patches of mud that were quite steep and slick and I wondered if anyone else would try this route today?

At the top there is a saddle with a spur trail over to a small yellow tower with bell at Elevation 1554. The local maps call this High School Hill. It has fine views of the valley but I decided to not hike it yet. I continued along the ridge which has some up and down meanders. The second peak (pt 1667) along the ridge does not have a trail up it and it would be an invasive bushwhack so I did not attempt. The peak has nice views of the Pacific Ocean and the line of moros (volcanic plugs) that I would hike later in the day. This peak has some decent prominence despite it being a ridge hike.

On the way down I found a path that might lead to the second peak but it died out and was a waste of another 25 feet of vertical gain. I did go and hike up the school house peak 1554 and ring the bell! Thus, I got some extra gain going down that I did not get going up to the peak.

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The chain of "9 sisters" the Morros as viewed from Peak 1715 (Cerro SLO then Bishop in foreground) (2017-02-22). Photo by William Musser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1580 ft / 481 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1560 ft / 475 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
52F windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1465 ft / 446 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1415 ft / 431 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:TH off Lizzie to ridgeline
    Start Trailhead:Intersection of Lizzie and Johnson  300 ft / 91 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1510 ft / 460 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1395 ft / 425 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Gain on way out:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:same plus highschool hill
    End Trailhead:TH and car parking  320 ft / 97 m
Ascent Part of Trip: SLO-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Islay Hill2017-02-22 a590 ft / 180 m
2Peak 17152017-02-22 b1580 ft / 482 m
3Bishop Peak2017-02-22 c1426 ft / 435 m
4Cerro San Luis Obispo2017-02-22 d1244 ft / 379 m
5Little Madonna Peak2017-02-22 f368 ft / 112 m
6Cheapskate Hill2017-02-23 a415 ft / 126 m
7South Hills Peak 5692017-02-23 b179 ft / 55 m
8Cheapskate Hill2017-02-23 c220 ft / 67 m
9Terrace Hill2017-02-23 d211 ft / 64 m
Total Trip Gain: 6233 ft / 1900 m    Total Trip Loss: 5975 ft / 1821 m



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