Ascent of Hines Peak on 2011-11-01
|Others in Party:||Ken Russell|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 1, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6716 ft / 2047 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe took the easy way up Hines Peak. We called the Ojai Ranger station and got a permit to access the Nordhoff Ridge Road. It is a free permit but the restrict access to when the road is dry and to vehicles that have 4WD. After getting the permit, we drove up Hwy 33 from Ojai to the Rose Valley Rec Area signed road FR 6N31 which is paved. Zero your odometer and drive 3.1 miles and turn right to the Rose Valley Campground. At 3.6 miles reach the campground and go through the campground and find the gravel gated road next to campsite #2. Go through the gate and lock it behind you. At 5.9 miles go left on the Chief Peak Road, at 10.9 miles turn left on the Hines Peak Road, at 12.1 miles take the right fork, and at 14.1 miles reach the end of the road wher we parked.
We hiked up the road that stayed near the ridgeline. At the saddle northwest of the summit of Hines Peak, we left the road and followed the climber's trail towards the peak. The slope is steep and requires some attention to the details. There are loose rocks and gravel that can be problems. Follow the climber's trail all the way to the summit. We found 3 separate high points along the summit area that were in contention for the high point, but the place where the register is located is probably the highest. Nice views.
After descending badk to the saddle I followed the road back to the Last Chance Trail which is an old road. I followed this road up to peak 6460 which is just northeast of the SPS peak Topatopa. Then I hiked over to Topatopa, signed its register and continued on down the steep slope on the west side and back to where we parked.
Nice hike with some good views.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2300 ft / 702 m|
| Distance:||7.5 mi / 12.1 km|
| Route:||Nordhoff Ridge Trail|
| Trailhead:||4416 ft / 1345 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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