Ascent of Boucher Hill on 2018-11-04

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boucher Hill
    Elevation:5438 ft / 1657 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bring the good camera with the long lens.Come on a sunny day when the Santa Ana Winds clear away the haze. This could have been a drive-up, but I started at Silvercrest Picnic Area just to make it interesting. The route follows a trail and part of a road ending in a traffic circle at the base of Boucher Hill Lookout. There is a radio tower next door, the Lookout, and an observation deck. The Lookout is four stories of stairs, terminating at a glassed-in, working fire tower. Theoretically, the tower only accommodates four people at a time, but I was one of six. The views were spectacular, though a bit hazy. Tower is only open on weekends, but the views from the observation deck are also spectacular. You can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and out to Catalina. Trip down is also fun, as you will notice the domes of the Palomar Observatory and at least one other dome.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:316 ft / 96 m
    Total Elevation Loss:321 ft / 97 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Warm and hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:316 ft / 96 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Road and Path
    Start Trailhead:Silvercrest Picnic Area  5122 ft / 1561 m
    Time:46 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:321 ft / 97 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Road and Path
    End Trailhead:Silvercrest Picnic Area  5117 ft / 1559 m
    Time:46 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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