Ascent of Clamshell Peak on 2017-08-18

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Friday, August 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clamshell Peak
    Elevation:4360 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen, Pat Vaughn, and Bruce Craig. All of these peaks are off the Rincon Road just above Azuza. We were able to pick up the permit at the Glendora Ranger Station the day before for an early start. The permit is free and you do not need a 4WD. The road is in excellent shape and any 2WD could manage it.
The first peak was the Lower Peak Clamshell. We followed the peak guide directions. They have a gate at 10.6 miles so we had to add 4 miles round trip to the peak guide stats. Most of the hike was on shaded road. We found the register and a benchmark on the summit. On the return trip, George, Pat and Bruce elected to go up the ridge to Rankin and Monrovia. I decided to follow the road back.
After Clamshell we drove back down the road to the junction for Pine. We checked the gate but it was locked. This gate has been open in the past and you could drive up to the summit. There are a number of communication towers on the summit.
Next was 3812. We drove down the road about 2 miles to a point due west of the peak. There is a very short, very steep firebreak to the summit.
Next was 2908 and 3001. We continued on down the road about 2 ½ miles to a point due west of the peak. There was a short firebreak to the ridge where we turned east and followed the firebreak out to 2908 and continued on to 3001.
I had planned to do Silver, but it was a warm day and I decided to save it for a cooler day.
7:40 am Depart. 4530’
9:30 am Clamshell Peak Summit
12:05 pm Car. 10 miles round trip, 1300’ gain, 4 hours, 25 minutes.
12:35 pm Depart. 4158’
1:00 pm Pine Mountain Summit
1:25 pm Car. 1.2 miles round trip, 400’ gain, 50 minutes
2:05 pm Depart. 3485’
2:25 pm Peak 3812 Summit
2:50 pm Car. 0.4 miles round trip, 200’ gain, 45 minutes
3:10 pm Depart. 2800’
3:25 pm Peak 2908 Summit
3:35 pm Peak 3001 Summit
4:00 pm Car. 1.3 miles round trip, 224’ gain, 50 minutes.
Total for the day: 12.9 miles round trip, 2124’ gain, 6 hours, 50 minutes.

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