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Ascent of Hot Springs Peak on 2018-09-03

Climber: Kir Pridatko

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hot Springs Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7654 ft / 2332 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed Mike’s Maki GPX file. Drive wasn't a problem for compact sedan. From there it is 1.5 miles and 800 ft gain to the usual start (4WD). Total stats should be around 10 miles, 4000 ft. 6.5 hrs roundtrip.

This wasn't a trivial hike for me. I ruined my shoes and socks by walking through fields of wild oats and other slippery pseudo-grains. It felt like slowest hike ever. The whole ridge should be called False Summit Mtns. Main summit isn't visible until you claim first two peaks. Benchmark on first one, and geocache on the 3rd, main summit.

Temperature back at the TH was 91°F. Bring double amount of water and start early. Look out for rattlesnakes: I haven't see any, but habitat is suitable. Tarantula Hawk Wasp was noticed on return, my only second encounter, another was on Mt Diablo on 100°F day. It is over 2" long and is in World Top10 Most Painful Insect Stings.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Total Elevation Loss:746 ft / 227 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4000 ft / 1219 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3254 ft / 991 m; Extra: 746 ft / 227m
    Loss on way in:746 ft / 227 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Wendel Canyon
    Start Trailhead:4400 ft / 1341 m
Descent Statistics



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