Ascent of Mount Kelly on 2020-06-28

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Kelly
    Elevation:340 ft / 103 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at the Hosp Grove Park in Carlsbad, CA. All of the peaks on this hike are drive-ups, though I chose to walk. I returned to the trail that took me to the Hosp Grove Overlook (Alt. 190 ft.) and followed city streets before coming to Chestnut Avenue. This was an older part of the City of Carlsbad, a combination of post-WWII housing and some stunning new developments. I remember when this part of town had strawberry fields, which only recently have become housing tracts. There are some stunning, new, custom homes in the area. In particular, the benchmark for Mt. Kelly has been superseded by a mansion. The brown dot for Mt. Kelly lies in the back of a private home on Maria Street.

Having attained Mt. Kelly, I followed Chestnut Street all the way down to the coast. I should mention the absolute dearth of restrooms until you reach Holiday Park near Interstate 5. You can follow Chestnut Street until you encounter the railroad tracks. This forces you to follow the Rail Trail farther south to Tamarack, turn right, and backtrack north on Carlsbad Boulevard which sits on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Carlsbad State Beach High Point is just north of Lifeguard Station 36 near the intersection of Acacia Avenue and Carlsbad Blvd. on the ocean side. The map indicates a Benchmark 50 near the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Juniper Street on the ocean side. Neither the High Point nor the Benchmark are marked in any discernible way.

Having reached my destination, weather turned ominous and the hour was late. I took an Uber back to Hosp Grove Park without incident.

Worth mentioning is the Amtrak station is located in Carlsbad Village, a trendy little venue for tourists and locals alike. Amtrak, aka The Pacific Surfliner, connects Los Angeles to San Diego. There is also a Coaster train that connects Oceanside to San Diego. This Rail Trail also merits further study as a possible hiking route connecting the various High Points between Oceanside and San Diego.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:313 ft / 95 m
    Total Elevation Loss:261 ft / 79 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
June Gloom kind day.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:313 ft / 95 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Various City Streets
    Start Trailhead:Hosp Grove Park  27 ft / 8 m
    Time:1 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:261 ft / 79 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Chestnut Ave. mostly
    End Trailhead:Carlsbad State Beach High Point  79 ft / 24 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 20200628.Mt. Kelly

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hosp Grove Overlook2020-06-28163 ft / 50 m
2Mount Kelly2020-06-28313 ft / 95 m
3Carlsbad State Beach High Point2020-06-2825 ft / 8 m
Total Trip Gain: 501 ft / 153 m    Total Trip Loss: 261 ft / 80 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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