Ascent of Bernardo Mountain on 2018-08-21
|Date:||Tuesday, August 21, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1150 ft / 350 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTo find the trailhead, exit I-15 at Via Rancho Parkway, heading east. Turn right on Sunset Drive, which curves around to the left. There is a parking lot at 3600 Sunset Drive. I started the hike at 7:56 a.m. Weather was warm and got warmer as he day progressed. Paved trail leads under the I-15 bridge and out the other side. It remains flat for quite while, taking you along the shores of Lake Hodges. Water levels are down due to drought. Watch for wading birds like the snowy egret. Make a note of the suspension bridge which leads across the lake. There are large clumps of prickly pear cactus which were bearing fruit on this day. Salad tongs are recommended. This also your last porta-potty on your route. Trail progresses to a cluster of live oaks where there is a picnic table. Take advantage of this, as this will be your last opportunity for shade before you head up the hill. Trail is well marked. View from the top is spectacular, as it offers a panoramic view of a bend in the shoreline of Lake Hodges to the south. Peak is a cluster of exposed rock with views of expensive custom homes. I did not find a benchmark or a register. Trip down occurred during the hottest part of the day and I was grateful for the shady spot mentioned earlier. Expect to see bicycles along the trail, though I don't remember seeing any on the mountain itself. Bring lots of water. There is a food court at North County Fair on the other side of Via Rancho Parkway. Use the entrance on the north side.
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