Ascent of Newcomb Peak on 2016-01-02

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, January 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Newcomb Peak
    Elevation:4166 ft / 1269 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike with Pat Vaughn as co-leader. Joining us was Bruce Craig, May Tang,
John Radalj, Marlen Mertz, Mike Manning and Wayne Vollaire. Wayne and Marlen hiked to Newcomb Pass then signed out.
We approached Newcomb from Mt. Wilson, taking the Rim Trail. This trail was in excellent shape and as far as I am concerned one of the prettiest hike in the San Gabriel’s. It goes along the North side of Wilson, dropping down 1600’ to Newcomb Pass at 4115’. Along the way, we did Peak 5705. It is about 50 feet off the trail. There were two poles on the summit. No register or benchmark on the summit. It looked as though someone had recently been working on the trail. Turns out, they were working on it today. There was going to be 50K race down this trail. It was starting at 9:30 pm. It’s hard for me to image trail running let alone at night. At the Pass, we continued straight to 2N24, turned right (east) and walked a short distance to the West Side of Newcomb. There is a use trail that goes up to Newcomb. It was pretty easy to follow. There was a register on Newcomb.
From Newcomb, we went down the East Side following a firebreak to 2N24. We continued along 2N24 about 1/3 mile to a ridge that ran first south, then southeast to the summit of 4492’. It was a little tough at the start, we had to pick our way through some brush, and over a lot of deadfall. As we got closer to the summit, it opened up and was an easy approach to the summit. It seemed like we were on an old trail and in fact we were. This trail basically followed the ridge, going past 4492’, then dropping down to the road at 4200’. From there we continued up a firebreak to the summit of 4505’. We returned to the road and did the reverse gain back to Wilson, going over Wilson.
8:30 am Depart. 5700’
8:50 am Peak 5705
10:10 am Newcomb Peak. 4166’
12:10 pm Peak 4492’
1:25 pm Peak 4505’
2:45 pm Newcomb Pass 4115’
4:45 pm Mt. Wilson 5710’
5:00 pm Car. 11 miles round trip, 2800’ gain, 8 hours, 30 minutes.
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