Ascent of Mount Kelly on 2020-06-28
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, June 28, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||340 ft / 103 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTrailhead 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 Kelly has been superseded by a mansion.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.
| 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|
| 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:
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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