Ascent of Lookout Mountain on 2018-02-17

Climber: Jay Smith

Others in Party:Jim Green
Date:Saturday, February 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Mountain
    Elevation:6812 ft / 2076 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since there are now private property issues (and a large iron fence) at Cow Canyon Saddle along Glendora Ridge Road, we decided to use alternate routes as suggested by the Sierra Club. Starting near the visitor center in Mt. Baldy Village, we headed up Bear Canyon Trail, aka Old Mount Baldy Trail, to Bear Flat and then set off on HPS Route 2. The beginning of the route is a little sketchy and quite overgrown in places but once through the brush it became a scenic hike through the West Fork of Bear Canyon and along the ridge that runs north from Lookout Mountain. This is definitely longer than HPS Route #1 but not as steep with more variety and a good deal more shade than the exposed route up the south side of the mountain. Bagging Peak 6930 added a bit of elevation gain and some bonus views, particularly toward the west.
The return trip took us down Route 3 to a saddle just northwest of Peak 5696, followed by a steep descent with loose footing to Bear Canyon Creek where we rejoined the Bear Canyon Trail. From there, it was a straightforward hike back to the vehicle.

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Lookout Mountain (center) from Bear Canyon Trail. (2018-02-17). Photo by Jay Smith.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3272 ft / 996 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3272 ft / 996 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3128 ft / 953 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2482 ft / 757 m; Extra: 646 ft / 196m
    Loss on way in:646 ft / 196 m
    Start Trailhead:4330 ft / 1319 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2626 ft / 800 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2482 ft / 757 m; Extra: 144 ft / 43m
    Gain on way out:144 ft / 43 m
    End Trailhead:4330 ft / 1319 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jay Smith
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