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Ascent of Otay Mountain Wilderness High Point on 2017-11-18

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Otay Mountain Wilderness High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3551 ft / 1082 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sun was near setting as I jogged back to my rental SUV. I had just enough time to drive up back up to the doghouse junction and take the easterly well maintained road. On the aerial and USGS map as you head east a bit less than a mile you see a place where a steep clay-rock-dirt 4 wheel drive road heads up hill between the two taller hills in the east side of the main saddle from doghouse junction. I parked here and headed up on foot the very steep 4 wheel drive trail that ends up in a slab of rock junction saddle between the two hills and there is shot gun shells all over the ground and target practice evidence everywhere. You can see the true peak at elevation 3,551 up the hill with access by a continuation of the 4 wheel drive road. At the upper saddle there is a short use path to the summit where there is some experimental equipment recording something up there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:351 ft / 106 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:4 wheel drive road
    Trailhead:Junction between maintained access road and 4 whee  3220 ft / 981 m
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
60F
Ascent Part of Trip: SanDiego-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Otay Mountain2017-11-18 a956 ft / 291 m
2Otay Mountain Wilderness High Point2017-11-18 b351 ft / 107 m
5Cuyamaca Peak2017-11-19 a1682 ft / 513 m
6Stonewall Peak2017-11-19 b880 ft / 268 m
7Middle Peak2017-11-19 c1223 ft / 373 m
8Fletcher Island High Point2017-11-19 d370 ft / 113 m
10(Attempt) San Miguel Mountain2017-11-20 a410 ft / 125 m
11Mother Miguel Mountain2017-11-20 b1097 ft / 334 m
12Iron Mountain2017-11-20 c1265 ft / 386 m
Total Trip Gain: 8234 ft / 2510 m    Total Trip Loss: 2067 ft / 629 m



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