Ascent of Peak 2418 on 2021-01-14

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, January 14, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 2418
    Elevation:2418 ft / 737 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at the Mount Gower Preserve Staging Area, although there might be a better trailhead at the Daza Street cul-de-sac. Peak 2418 is the highest point on the ridge before you begin the final ascent of Mount Gower.

Beginning at the staging area, the trail takes a circuitous route leading up to a viewpoint, which I skipped this trip, having ascended it before. Trail is generally well used and not difficult to follow. Then it drops down a steep canyon with some sycamores, before ascending to the ridge itself. Top of the ridge is at 1979 ft. and continues to minor bumps and valleys. Bumps are at 2115 and 2332, each followed by a steep drop and a steep climb to the next bump. At some point there is a saddle and Peak 2418 is on your left. There is a minor bushwhack and scramble to get to the top. Then there is another scramble and bushwhack to get back to the trail.

I reached the staging area without major incident about 15 minutes before the gates closed at sunset.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1074 ft / 327 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 8.9 km
    Trailhead:Mount Gower Staging Area  1344 ft / 409 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Relatively cool Santa Ana Day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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