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Ascent of Peak 2672 on 2013-12-31

Climber: Mark McCormick

Date:Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 2672
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:814 m / 2672 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to sneak in one more peak for 2013 and got caught trespassing, luckily after I got the peaks. I started off for Peak 2671 from Rawson Canyon. I followed some dirt roads then head cross country up steep slopes to the peak. When I neared the top, I noticed a truck driving on the road I had just walked on. I started walking towards 2672, figuring either the truck didn't see me or I was already busted so I might as well get the peak. I reached 2672 after crossing a barbed wire cattle fence near the saddle between the two peaks. After reaching 2672, I returned the same way, back over peak 2671 then started back towards the road I saw the truck on. Suddenly I see a man with binoculars a hundred yards or so away. He asked me to come over to which I responded, "yes sir" When I reached him, he handed me his cell phone and told me to speak with the woman on the phone about why I was on her land. The woman was from the Rawson family and they have owned nearly the entire valley between Diamond Valley and Lake Skinner since 1864. I explained to her that I was hiking to the highpoint of the mountain range with her family's name and apologized for crossing their land. She was very stern, but polite about not trespassing on their land. I apologized again and said good bye. I gave the phone back to the gentleman that stopped me and started chatting with him. Turns out we was working on the ranch nearby when a neighbor called when they saw me walking up the slope. He was very nice and offered to give me a ride back to my truck. We bushwhacked back to his truck then he drove me back to my truck a few miles away. We had a nice chat and he told me a lot about the area and the history. I apologized for interrupting his day and wished him a happy New Year then drove off.

So if you want to hike to the high point of the Rawson Mountains (Peak 2672) you need to hike from the public trail/ road that goes around Diamond Valley Lake. The peak (2672) is not on the Rawson property but is part of the Western Riverside County Multi Species Reserve. I am not sure if hiking is allowed there or not, but its public land. Peak 2671 is on the Rawson property and they do not want people on their land without permission. If you hike to 2672, bring a pencil.
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