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Ascent of Gilman Peak on 2017-03-18

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gilman Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1685 ft / 513 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike to two Lower Peaks and 5 Peakbagger peaks. My co-leader was Ron Schrantz. Joining us was Pat Arredondo, Mizuzu Nakazawa, Lilly Fukui, Chris Spisak, Tanya Roton, Mat Kelliher, Winnette Butler, Joann Schrantz, John Gustafson, Grinnell Almy and Helen Sheng. These peaks are all in the Chino Hills State Park. We met at the Rim Crest Dr. entrance to the park in Yorba Linda. It was a bit foggy at the start of the hike and we thought this would ruin our views. However, it quickly cleared.
We started hiking east on the South Ridge Rd and the first peak we encountered was 1476, a Peakbagger peak. It is just a short distance off the road. 8 of us did this peak, while the rest went on toward San Juan. The next peak was 1685, again just a short distance off the road. On the summit was a beautiful cross as a memorial to Rick Anderson. I tried to find out something about him, but couldn’t. It must have been a local hiker who loved that bump.
Finally, after about 3 miles we came to the use trail the summit of San Juan Hill, the Lower Peak. The use trail is just a short distance to the summit and there is a sign post pointing to the summit. On the summit there is a cement post about 3 feet high that use to have a benchmark but someone has taken it.
After San Juan, we walked back down to the start of use trail, then west on the road a short distance to an old jeep road on our right (north). We started down this old road heading to 4 Corners. Because of the recent rains, the start of the trail was covered with about one foot high grass, but it was easy to follow and walk through. We reach 4 Corners in about a mile when there is some covered benches and an outhouse. After a short rest, we started west on Telegraph Canyon Trail a short distance to a spur road with a sign post pointing north to the North Ridge road. It is about 400’ of gain in a ½ mile to the ridge. The road narrowed to a path that was easy to follow. The only problem with the narrow paths we encountered was that there were a lot of mountain bikers out this day and it was a tight squeeze when they passed.
Once on the North Ridge Road, we followed it west about 3 miles to the turnoff to Gillman’s. On Gilman’s we found a signpost and a cement post with a benchmark in it. On Gillman’s we took a well earned lunch break before starting down Gillman’s Trail to Telegraph Canyon Trail. Once on Telegraph, we headed west about ½ mile to Easy Street Trail, headed south on Easy St. back to the cars.
It was a great day for hiking, a tad warm but an occasional breeze cooled us down. There wild flowers were spectacular. We saw Mariposa lily’s, Brown eye Suzanne’s, purple lupine, a ton of mustard plants and lot of others that, as usual, I can’t remember. Flowers are not my thing. To me, they are just pretty purple flowers or pretty yellow flowers, etc.
After the hike was over, Pat Arredondo, Winnette and me needed to do some more hiking. We drove up Carbon Canyon road to Orlinda Village. We took Lilac Lane to its end and parked. We walked up a fire road first to Peak 1361. This peak was literally covered with Blue Dick flowers. You couldn’t take a step without stepping on one.
Back to the road, we continued north on fire road to Peaks 1460 and 1445. All and all it was a great day. We had a good group of folks, including 3 that I met for the first time, got 7 bumps for the day and saw an unbelievable amount of wild flowers. It is a great year for wild flowers.
8:25 am Depart
9:25 am Peak 1476 Summit
9:50 am Peak 1685 Summit
10:10 am San Juan Hill Summit. 1781’
12:35 pm Gillman Peak 1685’
2:05 pm Cars. 10 miles round trip, 1854’ gain, 5 hours, 35minutes.
2:40 pm Depart. 900’
3:00 pm Peak 1361 Summit
3:30 pm Peak 1460 Summit
3:32 pm Peak 1445 Summit
4:05 pm Cars. 3 miles round trip, 700’ gain, 1 hour, 25 minutes.
Total for the day: 13 miles round trip, 2554’ gain, 7 hours.

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