Ascent of Peak 390 on 2020-07-28

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 390
    Elevation:390 ft / 118 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead for this trip is the Tamarack Avenue entrance to the Lake Calavera Reserve. The surrounding territory is quite civilized now, not wild as shown in the topo map. Trails to the top of Cerro de la Calavera are quite straightforward, well marked and well traveled. There is a viewpoint to the north of the main peak where there is some kind of a shrine. Peak itself is pretty bleak, having been scoured down by hikers and bikers. There are the remains of an older shrine that looks like it has been plundered in the search for buried treasure.

Trail between Cerro de la Calavera and Peak 390 is a little treacherous and less-travelled. From the flats, you can take a service road up to the gates of the water tower. From there you want to proceed counter-clockwise around the tower in a meandering manner in order to match the blue dot with the brown dot.

Trail down is a combination of trails and service roads leading down to Sage Creek High School. The GAIA map shows a peak called Stone Henge to the northeast of the high school. This merits further attention at some future time.

I took an Uber from the high school back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:394 ft / 120 m
    Total Elevation Loss:536 ft / 162 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:394 ft / 120 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 148 ft / 45 m; Extra: 246 ft / 74m
    Loss on way in:246 ft / 74 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Assorted trails
    Start Trailhead:Tamarack Avenue Trailhead  242 ft / 73 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Assorted trails
    End Trailhead:Sage Creek High School  100 ft / 30 m
    Time:57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Calavera & 390

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 3902020-07-28394 ft / 120 m
1Cerro de la Calavera2020-07-28394 ft / 120 m
Total Trip Gain: 788 ft / 240 m    Total Trip Loss: 949 ft / 289 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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