Ascent of Hot Springs Mountain on 2020-05-26

Climber: Aaron Kissel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hot Springs Mountain
    Elevation:6533 ft / 1991 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail has reopened but the campground at the base of the mountain is still closed. It costs $10 to get into the reservation but this hike is well worth it. It goes through a beautiful old-growth forest containing pines, furs, and oaks. Some of the trees were 6+ feet in diameter well over 100 feet tall. I also saw coyotes, deer, bunnies, squirrels, woodpeckers, and many other little creatures.
The only downside to this hike is the flies. They are relentless and I wouldn't go back here without a mosquito net for the forested section of the trail. Besides that, there are great views from the top of Mount Baldy, Gorgonio, Jacinto, the Salton Sea, and much more.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2618 ft / 797 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.7 mi / 17.3 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2618 ft / 797 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Reservation Campground
    Start Trailhead:3915 ft / 1193 m
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Reservation Campground
    End Trailhead:2618  
    Time:1 Hours 33 Minutes

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