Ascent of Coxey Hill on 2020-08-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, August 30, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||560 ft / 170 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTrailhead was at the Lake Calavera Trailhead and most of the hike passes through the Lake Calavera Open Space. Cerro de Calavera is the dominant feature on the landscape, but it is not the highest point. Trails are well maintained and bicycle friendly. I saw no horses or bicycles this trip. The peaks in question, San Francisco Peak and Coxey Hill lie outside the Open Space and in residential neighborhoods. The water tank on top of San Francisco Peak is quite obvious and you can follow the line of sight until you come to the city streets. You can exit the open space at Cannon Road, turn left and left again at Wisteria Drive. You can walk up to the gate at Wisteria Drive but no farther. I turned left and walked around to Viewridge Way where I found a drainage culvert that led to the fence.
Returning to Cannon Road, I walked east to Shadowridge and wandered the neighborhood a bit. Turning onto Rosewood, I found a gated community. The entrance gate on the left-hand or north side was slightly ajar, so I was able to get in. Locals did not seem to object, even if I looked seriously out of place. Once through the gate you can avoid some unnecessary wandering by taking the first right to Elm Ridge. The brown dot for Coxey Hill is located inside a garage at 1967 Elm Ridge. I exited the gated community and turned right. There is a grassy area with picnic tables outside the gated community. No restroom facilities. I thought the hike was over and turned off my GAIA tracker and planned to take an Uber back to the car. Uber wanted about $45 for the trip, so I decided to brave the hike home, pretty much the way I came.
Both peaks are drive-ups, but I hiked in anyway from Lake Calavera.
There is another peak called Sinforosa Ridge in the vicinity. Path to that site is a little convoluted and involves some backtracking,so you might want to set that as your objective and work your way back to Coxey and San Francisco.
Stats are a little wonky because I turned off my GAIA tracker before I completed the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||366 ft / 111 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||18.3 mi / 29.4 km|
| Route:||Trails and City Streets|
| Trailhead:||Lake Calavera Trailhead 194 ft / 59 m|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Bright and sunny day.
| Time:||2 Hours 49 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 49 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Coxey Hill|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 630 ft / 192 m Total Trip Loss: 366 ft / 112 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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