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Ascent of Hill 684 on 2020-09-02

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Others in Party:Susan Stenstadvold Chapman
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hill 684
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:684 ft / 208 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead was at the Lake Hodges Visitor Center. Lake Hodges is a reservoir for the City of San Diego and is open for fishing a couple of days a week. Parking lot was closed but there is some street parking and a small parking lot next to the Bait Shop. A kiosk marks the connection to the San Dieguito River Trail.

The River Trail follows the shoreline of Lake Hodges. At some arbitrary point, we turned up the mountain and followed a series of unmarked goat paths towards another minor peak, then followed the ridge to 684. Minor bushwhacking is inevitable. The trail is more clearly marked between the minor peak and 684. Peak 684 seems to be often visited by locals, who have left lawn chairs for permanent usage. View of Lake Hodges are spectacular. We followed a well-worn path, hoping it would take us down a less sketchy path to Lake Hodges. Instead it led us into a residential neighborhood on Skyhawk Drive. This will be useful information if I ever make that hike from Felicita to Hill 506.

We called an Uber and returned to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:351 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:39 ft / 11 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Bright and sunny day.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:351 ft / 106 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Assorted goat paths
    Start Trailhead:Lake Hodges Visitor Center  333 ft / 101 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:39 ft / 11 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Path leads to Skyhawk Drive
    End Trailhead:Skyhawk Drive  645 ft / 196 m
    Time:25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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