Ascent of Mount Orizaba on 2018-03-24

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Stacey Kassan
Jay Houshangi
Coleen Houshangi
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Mount Orizaba
    Elevation:2125 ft / 647 m

Ascent Trip Report

While the hike is easy, this is not a simple or cheap peak to bag. We spent $73.50 round trip to get to the island (see, then another $32 round trip for travel to/from Blackjack Junction (see the Catalina Island Conservancy office in Avalon). Fortunately, the scheduling worked well for us- we caught a 9:50 ferry to the island, a 12:00 bus to Blackjack Junction, a 3:00 bus back to Avalon, and a 5:00 ferry back to the mainland.

Once on the hike (road) it was straightforward except for a couple issues. Shortly after the turnoff for Blackjack Campground, the turnoff for Orizaba was unmarked, but given we could see the peak, it wasn't too difficult to discern. Soon after turning onto that road, we hit a locked gate. After exploring a bit, we found a weakness near the top of the first hill, but going straight over the gate would have been faster and easier, which we did on the return. As mentioned by others, there are no signs prohibiting trespassing, and I honestly believe the gate and fence are meant to keep out animals, not people. There is a second fence surrounding the FAA equipment at the top, which also, surprisingly, was not marked to prohibit trespassing, though from other FAA sites I visited, I knew that was the point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1025 ft / 311 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:Blackjack junction  1300 ft / 396 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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