Ascent of Arrowmakers Ridge on 2021-01-11

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, January 11, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Arrowmakers Ridge
    Elevation:4740 ft / 1444 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is the West Mesa Trailhead in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Cross Hwy. 79 and follow the fire road for the greater part of the distance. When you leave the fire road, there is no official trail, so it's cross-county and some bushwhacking to get to the top. A couple of hikers told me there was an archaeological dig in the area and there were cameras around to discourage looters. I did not find this to be the case, however, there were several spots on the route that look like they had been dug out and covered up. Also interesting is the evidence of re-forestation. Lots of baby trees and the screen enclosures that protect. Lots of manzanita, scrub oak, and live oak.

Peak is hard to identify, but there is an dead, arching pine tree that marks a nearby spot. The spot is an undistinguished clear area.

Hike down is another bushwhack, but there is a grassy slope on the south face of the ridge that might make travel easier. Weather was cold and I bundled up, particularly on the way down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:442 ft / 134 m
    Total Elevation Loss:442 ft / 134 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:442 ft / 134 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Fire road, then bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:West Mesa Staging Area  4298 ft / 1310 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:442 ft / 134 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Bushwhack, then fire road
    End Trailhead:West Mesa Staging Area  4298 ft / 1310 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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