Ascent of Fletcher Point on 2020-09-23

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fletcher Point
    Elevation:549 ft / 167 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is in the community of Rancho Bernardo, a planned community which is not particularly fond of strangers. Fletcher Point Trailhead is on Duenda Road between Moon Song Court and Smokesignal Drive. I suspect there was a sign once, but the locals are likely to have removed it to discourage outsiders.A well-maintained trail leads through a little wildlife corridor into the relative wildlands that surround Lake Hodges. There are a number of minor hills along the way, some recognized by Peakbaggers and Provisional. The trail leads west and remains fairly uneventful for quite a ways. However, there are places where the trail becomes a little tricky due to the uneven surface. The "official" trail is pretty well maintained, except for some uneven portions. There are a number of footpaths, presumably worn by fisher-persons to access the shoreline. I used one path to get a clearer shot of an egret close to shore. I found some poison oak on my return. Generally keep in mind that following the shoreline is a relatively futile adventure because it becomes steep and/or rocky in places, compelling you to return to the main trail. Main trail has about three minor summits attached to it. There are bicycle tracks up to the high point, but none after that. The highest point is marked by a "Fickle Finger" rock formation. From there, it's a steep descent, including some Class 3 scrambles, down to the peninsula. The last quarter mile is a steep climb up to the top of Fletcher Point. Fletcher Point is marked by a flagpole and a Coast Live Oak. Brush has been cleared, making the oak a great place to get some shade and relax. Being a peninsula, Fletcher Point is surrounded on three sides by Lake Hodges. The Brown Dot actually falls at the bottom of the rock formation which marks the peak. Peak is a minor scramble. Return trip was a little cooler because the sun was setting behind the mountains. I went through 1.5 gallons of water on this trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:419 ft / 126 m
    Extra Gain:164 ft / 49 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.6 km
    Route:Fletcher Point Trail
    Trailhead:Fletcher Point Trailhead  458 ft / 139 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Bright and sunny day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 14 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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