Ascent of Middle Peak on 2017-12-24
|Others in Party:||CR|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, December 24, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5883 ft / 1793 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked off CA79 near intersection with Milk Ranch road. Followed fire road to where it starts to descend at the north end of the Middle Summit. Followed a recently clipped trail (courtesy of Peter Doggett) through the heavy brush toward the summit. We clipped the trail somewhat along the way, making it somewhat easier to follow for others. We eventually reached the summit and signed the register. On the return we clipped the upper third of the trail, as Peter had earlier in the prior week clipped the lower third. We thought was had the track correct, but got lost in the thicket along the way back, so follow the tracks posted here for the ascent. We eventually connected with the fire road and then turned onto the Loop Trail heading toward a saddle that Milk Ranch Road crosses. From there we took the Azalea trail to the fire road near the summit of Cuyamaca and then on the fire road to the summit. Signed the register and then headed back to the saddle and then along Milk Ranch Road to the highway to the parked car. Since we reached the car near dusk, we were able to see a large herd of deer in the meadow.
Even with the freshly clipped trail, Middle Peak is a waste of time. Due to the eight foot tall brush that covers that summit there are absolutely no views. The effort we and Peter put into clipping the trail to Middle will likely be lost by spring growth. Cuyamaca is not much better with the radio/communication towers that cover that summit. These two peaks might be good candidates for removal from the HPS list.
2 Hours (elapsed) to Middle Summit
5 hours (elapsed) to Cuyamaca Summit
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2503 ft / 762 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1250 ft / 381 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||2503 ft / 762 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1253 ft / 382 m; Extra: 1250 ft / 381m|
| Loss on way in:||1250 ft / 381 m|
| Distance:||10.7 mi / 17.2 km|
| Route:||Fire Road and Use Trails|
| Start Trailhead:||CA79 4630 ft / 1411 m|
| Time:||6 Hours 20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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