Ascent of Peak 1800+ (Fir Benchmark) on 2018-12-14

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Others in Party:Greg Lichtenstein
Date:Friday, December 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 1800+ (Fir Benchmark)
    Elevation:1800 ft / 548 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail began at Iron Mountain Trailhead, although we could have saved some steps if we started at the Ellie Lane Trailhead. Partner on this hike was Greg Lichetenstein. We crossed Hwy. 67 and Poway Road, basically following the white fence of some private property on the northwest corner. We thrashed around cross country and realized we should have followed the fence past the arroyo and begun our ascent there. In any case we scrambled across the arroyo. We found an ancient service road that took us close to the top of Hill 1800+. At the top was a water tower and some microwave towers, including one that did a pretty bad imitation of a rubber tree. The gate was open so we passed through, finding the Fir Benchmark near the southwest edge of the fence, exactly where the brown dot said it should be. Descending from the west, we found a long, broad, concrete driveway leading down to a private home. Looking down from the driveway, we noted that there was a gate at the bottom of the hill and driveway, indicating we were on private land. Near the bottom, we turned left to go cross country for a few yards, then across Hwy 67 to the Ellie Lane Trailhead. From there, we climbed to the top of Ellie Mountain. Stats below are guesstimates based on the first part of the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:181 ft / 55 m
    Total Elevation Loss:181 ft / 55 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Overcast and clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:181 ft / 55 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Cross Country
    Start Trailhead:Iron Mountain Trailhead  1619 ft / 493 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:181 ft / 55 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Private Driveway
    End Trailhead:Ellie Lane  1619 ft / 493 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Ellie Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 1800+ (Fir Benchmark)2018-12-14181 ft / 55 m
Total Trip Gain: 181 ft / 55 m    Total Trip Loss: 181 ft / 55 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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