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Ascent of Mount Vaca on 2015-02-25

Climber: Rick Peterson

Others in Party:Maria Peterson
Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Vaca
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2819 ft / 859 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed the directions from Interstate 80 on Summitpost. I said Mix Valley road would be easy to miss and I can see that but there is a yellow sign just before that warns you and then a green street sign so it might be easier to see now than it was. There are mileposts marked in 10ths on the way up Mix Valley Rd so it is easy to know when you are 4.7 miles in and there is the Y where everyone parks. When I got there the gate was open as many others have noted but there is also a no trespassing sign. Normally when I know it is trespassing I go a little more stealthy like early morning and I don't take my 8 month old daughter. Oh well, I am here and it's supposed to be less than a mile so I loaded her up in the child carrier backpack and took off. The gate was open and it is a smooth gravel road that any car could easily negotiate but I walked. Not only does it seem less blatant to trespass walking, I wanted to test Maria's tolerance for the hike. Last time she only lasted half an hour in the pack before I had to carry her in my arms. This time she lasted the whole hour of hiking and messing around with only small whimpering just before we returned to the car. I got a little nervous when several cars passed me on the short hike but none stopped to say anything. There is a lot of equipment up there so they must have been going to service something. None of them were on the top where the benchmark and old tower are. I guess since they have lots of traffic and leave the gate open no one knows who is trespassing and who isn't.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:road
    Trailhead:open gate  2569 ft / 783 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
warm for February
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:15 Minutes



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