Ascent of Stelzer Summit on 2020-12-02

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stelzer Summit
    Elevation:1181 ft / 359 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead for this trip was Louis A. Stelzer County Park and constitutes Hike No. 6 on the County Parks 15-Park Challenge. This is the first of the moderate hikes.

Trail is well marked and well groomed. From the ranger station turn right (west). A kiosk marks the start of the trail, which is marked off as a nature trail. Eventually, a switchback gives you a choice to go back to the park or to continue upwards to Kumeyaay Promontory and/or Stelzer Summit. Again, the trail is well marked and leads to a junction. There are spots that are a little steep and/or gravelly, but nothing too technical. A kiosk marks the junction. Kumeyaay Promontory, 920 ft. is the home of some transmission towers and the views are 360 degrees if you walk around. There is plenty of room and no scrambling is involved.

Second Peak on the agenda is Stelzer Summit at 1181. From the Promontory I went back to the junction and pointed east. This looks a little daunting but as you round the eastern face of the summit, you see a trail leads nearly to the top. The last 50 yards or so is a step little scramble leading to a rock garden at the top. There are several rocks that may qualify as the peak itself.

Peak 1372 also seemed within reach, so I hiked further east on the ridge. This was mainly a service road. Word of caution, Peak 1372 is not the next peak over. You have to walk around a false peak and up to a saddle. From here there is no obvious trail to 1372. It looks like a serious bushwhack, so I decided to save it for another day and sturdier clothing.

Hike down was the way I came with no particular hazards except some slippery gravel on a steep portion of the road down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:699 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:699 ft / 212 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:699 ft / 213 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 284 ft / 86 m; Extra: 415 ft / 126m
    Loss on way in:415 ft / 126 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Park Trails
    Start Trailhead:Stelzer Park  897 ft / 273 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:284 ft / 86 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Park Trails
    End Trailhead:Stelzer Park  897 ft / 273 m
    Time:1 Hours 38 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 20201202.Stelzer

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Kumeyaay Promontory2020-12-02179 ft / 55 m
2Stelzer Summit2020-12-02699 ft / 213 m
Total Trip Gain: 878 ft / 268 m    Total Trip Loss: 699 ft / 213 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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