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Ascent of Eureka Peak on 2011-05-19

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eureka Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5518 ft / 1681 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another great after work hike in J-Tree Nat'l Park. This time I headed all the way over to Black Rock Canyon and started at the backcountry board where the California Riding & Hiking Trail begins its 40 mile journey through the park. I took this trail almost all the way to the dirt road near the summit. Instead of heading to the far (south) side of the peak, I climbed up to the north ridge and got a few great pics on Peak 5,418 first. The views on 5,418 are better than those on Eureka Peak. Better views on Palm Springs and San Jacinto. From the summit, I took the main Eureka Peak Trail back to the California Riding & Hiking Trail and then back to the car. The sun set as I reached the California Riding & Hiking Trail, but it didn't get totally dark until after I started driving home. Stats:
8.7 miles hiked
Began at 5pm, back at car at 8:30pm (only spent 5 minutes on top of each peak)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1518 ft / 462 m
    Elevation Loss:1518 ft / 462 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1518 ft / 462 m
    Route:Calif Riding/Hiking Trail to North Ridge
    Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1518 ft / 462 m
    Route:Eureka Peak Trail
    Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m



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