Ascent of Peak 1770 on 2019-01-01

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 1770
    Elevation:1770 ft / 539 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at Iron Mountain Trailhead. I crossed to the west side of Highway 67 and followed the fence. I hoped a break in the fence would allow access to the unnamed peak visible from the Trailhead. Following the fence involved a lot of pointless bushwhacking, so I returned to the highway and continued a break. If found a break about one mile south of the Trailhead. With some minor bushwhacking, I came to a saddle between 1770 and Goat Peak. Turning right, I climbed up to 1770, thinking I was on the unnamed peak. However, I checked my blue dot and found I was, indeed, on 1770. I found an iron fence post marking the top, but no benchmark, no cairn, and no geocache on the peak itself. I did spot an interesting cairn nearby and a geocache on one of the minor, unnamed, rockpiles. Weather was clear, sunny, windy, and cold. Great views from the tops of both peaks looking toward the Coronados, Point Loma, Mt. Woodson, and Iron Mountain. Community of Poway was right below with elegant homes and suburban development. According to the Basemap app, the property belongs to AJ Kuebler and is technically private land.

Returning to the saddle, climbed Goat Peak, which was a fun little scramble. Near the top, I found a geocache in a clear plastic bottle, then climbed the peak itself. Weather was chilly and windy and the hour was late. I was looking at a third peak, but that would have involved a return to the highway and probably returning in the dark.

I turned east from Goat Peak and scrambled and bushwhacked back to the highway. I'm sure I trespassed on private land, but returned to the highway about 100 yards from where I entered the area. Returned to the Iron Mountain Trailhead without mishap.
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Peak 1770 is one of the minor peaks opposite Iron Mountain on Highway 67 in San Diego County (2019-01-01). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:610 ft / 185 m
    Total Elevation Loss:610 ft / 185 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Celar, sunny, windy, and cold
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:610 ft / 185 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:Hwy. 67, bushwhack and scramble.
    Start Trailhead:Iron Mountain Trailhead  1160 ft / 353 m
    Time:2 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:610 ft / 185 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:Scramble, bushwhack, Hwy 67
    End Trailhead:Iron Mountain Trailheqd  1160 ft / 353 m
    Time:2 Hours 33 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Peak 1770

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Goat Peak2019-01-012338 ft / 713 m
2Peak 17702019-01-01610 ft / 186 m
Total Trip Gain: 2948 ft / 899 m    Total Trip Loss: 2948 ft / 899 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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