Ascent of Mount Russell on 2017-09-30
|Date:||Saturday, September 30, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2704 ft / 824 m|
Ascent Trip Report This was a solo hike of one Lower Peak and 2 Peakbagger peaks. For Russell, I started at the Hunter’s Parking area. I always use the Via Del Lago entrance. It is usually not manned so you don’t have to pay the day use fee. I followed the road to a point where a road comes in from the right. Then I start cross country to the mouth of the canyon. This seems to be the shortest way through the brush. I basically stay on a ridge between to shallow gullies. This is my 5th time for this peak and I always have the same problem. I start on the left side of the canyon and cross over to the right side. I never know where to cross and usually end up pushing through brush. Today was no exception. On the right side there use to be a pretty good use trail to the summit. That trail is almost gone. I found parts of it, but most of the time I was pushing through the brush. I finally made it to a pole that had been burn and lost it’s cross beam. There the use trail was obvious and easy to follow to the summit. I returned the same way.
Next was the two Peakbagger peaks. It is still in the Lake Perris SRA. From the Hunter’s Parking area, I followed the paved road 0.8 miles to the Group Horse Camp and park. From here I followed a horse trail to a ridge and pick up the ridge road to the two peaks.
I had planned to do 3 other Peakbagger peaks in the area – Armada BM, Petit, and Coney – but it was just too hot to continue hiking these low peaks.
7:00 am Depart. 1630’
8:50 am Mount Russell Summit. 2704’
10:30 am Car. 4.2 miles round trip, 1100’ gain, 3 hours, 30 minutes.
10:45 am Depart. 1820’
11:40 am Peak 2413 Summit
12:20 pm Terri Peak Summit
1:45 pm Car. 4.2 miles round trip, 900’ gain, 3 hours
Total for the day: 8.2 miles round trip, 2000’ gain, 6 hours, 30 minutes.
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