Ascent of Margerum Avenue BM 350 on 2018-10-22

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, October 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Margerum Avenue BM 350
    Elevation:350 ft / 106 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had been to Kwaay Paay before but I had never filed a report. In this particular case, the Peakbagger list of peaks nearest my home, had Kwaay Paay among the Top Ten, and that it was 2.1 miles from my house. To make it interesting, I decided to begin the hike from my front door, seek out some benchmarks along the way, and ascent the peak. Kwaay Paay is part of the Five Peak Challenge for Mission Trails Park. Outside my door, I turned left and walked downhill to the southwest looking for BM 131, which was on the other side of the fence to a gravel quarry. No direct sighting, though there was a cement block in the approximate location. Backtracking, I found BM 350 near the corner of Mission Gorge Road and Margerum. No benchmark sighted, just an electrical box. Turning north, BM 463 should have been at the base of a community mailbox, but it looked like it had been chiseled out. BM 332 was close to the entrance to Mission Trails Visitor Center, but I could not find it. I followed the Junipero Serra Trail, a paved road which connects Mission Gorge with the Old Mission Dam. BM 268 also invisible, BM 300 likewise. From this point I found the trailhead leading to the peak and also the approximate location of Hill 508. There was no benchmark and no register, just some rocks marking the approximate peak. The hike up Kwaay Paay is a slow, steady slog. Many areas are closed off as sensitive habitat; and there are occasional steps to ease the trudge. Peak is clearly marked with a sign. View from the peak was indifferent, given the level of haze. Walk down the mountain, up Junipero Serra Trail, and Down Mission Gorge was uneventful.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:962 ft / 293 m
    Total Elevation Loss:962 ft / 293 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Warm and Dry, Santa Ana
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:962 ft / 293 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Mission Gorge Rd. To Margerum
    Start Trailhead:Rancho Mission Trails Condos  -612 ft / -186 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:962 ft / 293 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Mission Gorge Rd.
    End Trailhead:Rancho Mission Trails Condos  -612 ft / -186 m
    Time:3 Hours 36 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Kwaay Paay.20181022

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mission Gorge Benchmark 1312018-10-22 
2Margerum Avenue BM 3502018-10-22962 ft / 293 m
3Mission Vista Hill 4632018-10-22962 ft / 293 m
4MTRP Hill 5082018-10-22227 ft / 69 m
5Kwaay Paay2018-10-22962 ft / 293 m
Total Trip Gain: 3113 ft / 948 m    Total Trip Loss: 4278 ft / 1303 m

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