Ascent of Coxey Hill on 2020-08-30

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Coxey Hill
    Elevation:560 ft / 170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead 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.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 49 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Coxey Hill

Complete Trip Sequence:
1San Francisco Peak2020-08-30264 ft / 80 m
2Coxey Hill2020-08-30366 ft / 112 m
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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