Ascent of Sign Hill on 2019-03-19

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Peak:Sign Hill
    Elevation:581 ft / 177 m

Ascent Trip Report

One of the better hikes of the trip. Uber dropped me off on Diamond Ave and you as one can see by the GPS track, I hiked down to end of road and was surprised to see no access. At least no trail. I hiked back up the road (down in elevation) and found a paved utility road next to a water tank that did not prevent access. Hiking up this road till it ended there was a sign for a trail along the historic white letters OR one could bust up the shoulder of the peak and obtain the peak. This route is quite steep. Near the summit, the views of San Bruno are good. I passed a man placing a wood sign in the ground to honor the family that dedicated the land to the City. He worked for the City of South SF and was doing the labor but also made the wooden sign and was quite proud of his craftsmanship. It was a nice sign. After approaching the summit from the east shoulder I selected a steep south trail down that uses many tightly spaces steps of wood. This would have been a more interesting ascent and ended where the official TH begins as it turns out off of Rocca Ave. I walked up slope and called another UBER to get me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:386 ft / 117 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 11 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:361 ft / 110 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 346 ft / 106 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Diamond Ave  235 ft / 71 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Gain on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:Rocca Avenue  
Ascent Part of Trip: San Francisco-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1San Bruno Mountain2019-03-17 a1209 ft / 369 m
3Mount Davidson2019-03-17 c350 ft / 107 m
4Twin Peaks South Peak2019-03-17 d295 ft / 90 m
5Twin Peaks2019-03-17 e112 ft / 34 m
6Twin Peaks-North Peak2019-03-17 f100 ft / 30 m
7Tank Hill2019-03-17 g35 ft / 11 m
8Corona Heights Crag2019-03-17 h100 ft / 30 m
9Buena Vista Park High Point2019-03-17 j100 ft / 30 m
10Bernal Heights2019-03-19 a272 ft / 83 m
11Holly Hill2019-03-19 b120 ft / 37 m
12Visitacion Knob2019-03-19 c490 ft / 149 m
13Sign Hill2019-03-19 d386 ft / 118 m
15Coyote Point Recreation Area Highpoint2019-03-19 e147 ft / 45 m
Total Trip Gain: 3716 ft / 1133 m    Total Trip Loss: 2796 ft / 851 m

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