Ascent of Hosp Grove Overlook on 2020-06-21

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hosp Grove Overlook
    Elevation:190 ft / 57 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at the Hosp Grove Park in Carlsbad, CA. There is a parking lot and a porta-potty. There are about six different trailheads, but many of them begin on a busy street with no parking, so you might as well go to the park.

Hosp Grove is the remainder of a eucalyptus grove planted by a Mr. Hosp in hope of selling the wood for railroad ties. The tree he planted was completely unsuitable. The park and the park sponsored by the Optimists across the street are pretty much what's left of the original grove. There is a commemorative plaque on the grounds to explain it all.

So the park is family-friendly with a play structure and picnic tables. The trail is a loop and a few switchbacks take you to the top. Lots of family groups on the trail. An interesting feature is a pond with tiny frogs about the size of your pinky fingernail. There is also some kind of Mother Earth statue on the grounds.

The Overlook itself is a disappointment. It's located on a residential street and there is no view to speak of, as the eucalyptus trees block any scenery below. The brown dot is at the corner of the street, which makes the Overlook technically a drive-up. There are views of the lagoon on the way down. You can also see the nearby shopping centers and residential development that surrounds the park.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:163 ft / 49 m
    Total Elevation Loss:163 ft / 49 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
June gloom
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:163 ft / 49 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Hosp Grove Trail
    Start Trailhead:Hosp Grove Park  27 ft / 8 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:163 ft / 49 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Hosp Grove Trail
    End Trailhead:Hosp Grove Park  27 ft / 8 m
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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