Ascent of Gaskill Peak on 2007-06-11

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, June 11, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gaskill Peak
    Elevation:3836 ft / 1169 m

Ascent Trip Report

To reach Gaskill Peak from San Diego drive east on Interstate 8 to the Japatul Road exit which is about 7 miles east of Alpine. Exit here and go south for 5.4 miles and then turn left on Lyons Valley Road. From this junction go 4.9 miles and pull off on the right side across from milepost 13 at a junction with a dirt road coming down steeply from the hill above. This unmarked route is Carveacre Road, 16S03, which has not been driven for some time and is badly eroded. I recommend hiking this rather than attempting to drive it unless you have a short wheelbase 4WD such as a small jeep. Hiking up the road it is 1.8 miles to a high ridge where the trail turns north and descends to an open 4-way intersection. Lawson Peak is the massive rock to the NW and Gaskill is 1mile NNE at a bearing of about 23 degrees. Continue NE on Carveacre Road for about 1 mile until the road levels out, makes a turn to the SE, and begins to descend. On your left take a trail heading north and after about 100 yards look for a pile of stones on the left side of the trail that marks the use trail to the top. At the summit block stay to the left (south) side and work your way around to the west where you can find a handy passage under a boulder and a way to the top. Round-trip distance from the highway is 6.6 miles with a gain of 1680 ft. The ascent takes about 2 hours and the return about 1 1/2 hours. 5/95 RLC
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