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Ascent of Mount Israel on 2018-01-27

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Israel
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1346 ft / 410 m

Ascent Trip Report

Long ago and far away, I climbed this peak but failed to enter the details here at Peakbagger. It was January 27, 2018 and a while back, so I'm vague on the details. I do have my GAIA track.

Trailhead is at the Elfin Forest Preserve. It's a long, steady slog up a slightly steep incline until you get to the top. Trail is plainly marked and fairly well maintained with shade structures for rest areas. There are a number of plausible peaks but the "true" Mount Israel is the one with all the dog collars nailed to a post. Views include the watershed of the Olivenhain Water District and the creeping intrusion of civilization on all sides. Particularly obscene is the gleaming silver building of Palomar Hospital. The area surrounding Elfin Forest is also infamous for its stories of witchcraft and hauntings. Worth a Google search.

Hike down was uneventful and the local incidence of gravity is a bonus. Visitor Center at Elfin Forest is worth a look.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:827 ft / 252 m
    Total Elevation Loss:827 ft / 252 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.7 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:827 ft / 252 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:Way Up Trail
    Start Trailhead:Elfin Forest Vistor Center  519 ft / 158 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:827 ft / 252 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Way Up Trail
    End Trailhead:Elfin Forest Visitor Centewr  519 ft / 158 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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