Ascent of Santa Cruz Peak on 2016-11-12

Climber: Bruce Craig

Others in Party:Naresh Satyan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, November 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Santa Cruz Peak
    Elevation:5570 ft / 1697 m

Ascent Trip Report

HPS hike of the Big Three led by Ignacia and Peter Doggett. Began hiking at 5:00 AM from Cachuma Saddle. Arrived at McKinley Spring at 9:30 AM and took a break and filtered water. Hiked up to the saddle and stashed water before departing for Santa Cruz Peak. Near the peak a few hikers got Peak 4980 before summiting Santa Cruz (It is not on Peakbagger). Returned to the McKinley Saddle by 3 PM and rested a few minutes before going on to San Rafael Mountain. I was dragging all day and got a leg cramp at the beginning of San Rafael so I signed out and walked back by myself until I caught up with Diana and Jorge Estrada for the last mile.

The HPS instructions refer to a ranger station at Cachuma Saddle. It does not exist as it was lost in a fire years ago.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7100 ft / 2163 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:7100 ft / 2163 m
    Trailhead:Cachuma Saddle  -1530 ft / -466 m
Descent Statistics

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