Ascent of Creek Hills Peak 1757 on 2020-05-31

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Creek Hills Peak 1757
    Elevation:1757 ft / 535 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is in El Monte County Park, Area 8 in the southwest corner of the park. Here begins the El Monte Park Trail which connects to the Historic Flume Trail although I did not see any flumage on the route I took. Beyond Hill 1003 is a saddle that marks the beginning of thr Valley View Community Trail. The trail is a long, steady slog along a well-traveled trail and is probably comparable to Mount Woodson, although no step-ups are required. For the most part, no bushwhacking is required though there are some stretches where mustard grows thick and leans into the trail. There is a minor peak, Peak 1003, where there is a saddle at about 820 ft. of altitude. Trails drop off from either side, where the Historic Flume Trail inersects. To the west is a rural community of horse ranches and tree farms; the other drops to the east into a wildlife preserve. The western trail seems to have signs marking the trailhead of the Flume Trail. In any case, the trail leads upward. At about 1400 ft. a memorial bench marks the Silverwood Summit. From this point you can see the million-dollar homes which line Creek Hills Road, presumably an unincorporated community of El Cajon.

Peak 1757 sits in a Sensitive Habitat area surrounded by expensive homes, defensible space, and gated driveways. Views from the peak stretch from Cowles Mountain in the west to Cuyamaca Peak and El Capitan Reservoir in the east. To the north is the El Monte Valley and El Cajon Mountain aka El Capitan. To the south is a gentler slope towards Flinn Springs. From the trail, it looks like significant bushwhacking might be required to reach the peak. I found a local who was not pleased that I was "lost" on his private land. Look for a semi-anthropromorphic boundary marker with a reflector on top. This marks the boundary between the easement and private land. Lean to the left as you bushwhack and scramble towards the peak. Stealth is recommended. Do not mistake defensible space for right-of-way.

Having returned to Creek Hills Road, I was ready to call Uber to take me back to El Monte Park, but I had only traveled 2.25 miles, so I returned to El Monte by the route I came up. There is a hang gliding area nearby and the sight of the hang gliders was inspiring.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1241 ft / 378 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Historic Flume Trail
    Trailhead:El Monte Park Area 8  516 ft / 157 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Very warm with cool breezes.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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