Ascent of Poverty Ridge on 2020-04-18

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Saturday, April 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Poverty Ridge
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another visit to Joseph Grant Park, still open during the shelter in place. I wanted Antler Pt, as a second lap on the Nifty Ninety possibility, Kyle had not yet been to Poverty Ridge so that set the agenda. We wanted to start from the lower trailhead, but once again it was full, so we drove up to the Twin Gates and started from there. There were several parking spaces still open when we arrived.

We went up and over Antler Point, descending to the gate at the park boundary. There were a few people hiking out this far, much to our surprise. All told we probably ran across about 8 hikers, but with the wide trails and open space it is easy to maintain social distance. No negative signage on the gate, into the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. Of course we wouldn't see anyone again for many hours once on this side of the fence.

Its a beautiful, not too difficult walk along ranch roads through the preserve, with great views over towards the Mt. Day/Black Mountain ridge. Along the way we studied possible routes across the Arroyo Hondo but came away less than optimistic that any realistic approach exists starting from Joseph Grant. It might be possible, but there was nothing immediately obvious.

We crossed another unsigned gate into the Rancho Canada de Pala land, no negative signage anywhere. We followed ranch roads up to about a half mile from the summit, where several cows made us detour a bit. It appears there is a small section of private ranch property here, although there again are no signs, only a couple of fences. We made the summit, and found the BM on the lower, northern summit that Burd references. We went back to Joseph Grant, and followed the looping Canada de Pala Trail (we came in on the Pala Seca Trail). I'm glad we did this, it added variety without adding any distance or elevation gain. This trail connects to the junction at PK 2956, from where the trail was old ground for us again.

Fantastic day on various public/quasi-public lands.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3981 ft / 1213 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3981 ft / 1213 m
    Distance:20.4 mi / 32.9 km
    Start Trailhead:-661 ft / -201 m
    Time:7 Hours 18 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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