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Ascent of Eagle Crag on 1982-11-27

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, November 27, 1982
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Crag
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5077 ft / 1547 m

Ascent Trip Report

To hike to the summit a suitable starting point is from the Dripping Springs Campground just off highway 79 about 10.5 miles west of I-15 near Temecula. An extensive fire on the mountain in July, 1989 left many downed logs on the original Dripping Springs Trail. The new Wild Horse trail is a better maintained trail up the mountain. The trail winds its way to the east and then south to join the Crosley trail, actually an old road. After 10 miles the trail joins the old Dripping Springs trail at Crosley Saddle. Head south from the saddle on the road with much overgrowth and fallen timber for two miles to a small draw on the right which is usually marked with ducks. Head up steeply from here to the ridge and then west to SW through manzanita to the high point. The register is about 75 ft. SW of the high point on a prominent rock overlooking a deep canyon. Round trip distance from the campground is about 25 miles, thus the peak is often done as a backpack. Note that poison oak is prevelent along the trail. It is possible to hike in from Palomar State Park to the south, a distance of about 5 miles, but this requires crossing Pala Indian Reservation land. Permission can sometimes be obtained for this route.
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