Ascent of Cole Point on 2022-01-23

Climber: David Sharg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 23, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cole Point
    Elevation:5604 ft / 1708 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cole Point, Mount Emma, Old Mount Emma and Peak 5080

Total distance: 15.3 miles
Total elevation gain: 4,600 ft
Total time: 9 hours 16 minutes
Start time: 7:05am
Trailhead: Pullout on Angeles Forest Highway, 5.7 miles south of Highway 14, at the end of a long straightaway; trailhead for HPS Route 1 for Cole Point
Accomplishments by list: HPS #116, #117 and #118

Difficulty of hike: 7 out of 10. There were some very steep sections, but also long flat sections. Didn't feel like 4,600 elevation gain

Views during hike: 9 out of 10. 360 degree views from both Cole Point and Mount Emma, and excellent views from Old Emma and Peak 5080 as well.

Ascent/descent profile: After a 1,600 ft climb to Cole Point, the descent has less than 100 ft gain. Continuing on Angeles Forest Highway is a descent of another 300 ft, to the intersection with Mount Emma Road, followed by a gain of about 500 ft to Mount Emma Trail. Then comes a 1,000 ft climb to Mount Emma, a 400 ft descent to the saddle, a 250 ft climb to Peak 5080, another 250 ft descent to the next saddle, a 250 ft climb to Old Emma, a 1,000 ft descent back to Mount Emma Road, a 300 ft climb along the road to the start of Mount Emma Trail, a 500 ft descent back to Angeles Forest Highway, and a 300 ft climb back to the trailhead.

People seen on the hike: 1 hiker and his dog

Animals seen: 1 dog and his hiker

The 4 mile Cole Point trek and the 5 mile Emma ridge loop were two hikes I felt were too short to do individually, so I decided to combine them into a 15 miler by adding the 3 miles between the trailheads. Originally, I wanted to head directly from Cole Point to Mount Emma over Peak 4753 and Peak 5040, but that would involve Cole Point's HPS Route 2, which I read was closed due to private property. There was a shooting range down there, and I listened to gun fire the entire day, so I decided it was best to avoid that direction.

The start of HPS Route 1 to Cole Point can be confusing, and I started climbing the wrong way, ending at a point where I had to do a steep climb to get back to the proper route. But after descending the proper way, I'm not sure that my ascent was really any worse, as the proper route leads through an overgrown gully that was hard to navigate. Either way, once the ridge is gained, the rest of the ascent has no route finding or bushwacking issues, though it does remain quite steep for a while before getting better.

For the Emma part of this hike, the initial ascent of 1000 ft over 0.7 miles is also steep, but not as bad as I imagined. The steepest parts came afterwards. Hiking on the firebreak between Mount Emma and Peak 5080 includes a very steep and precarious section to descend, and then another somewhat steep one between Peak 5080 and Old Emma. I've seen a lot of tracks turn around at Old Emma, going back over the other two to return to the trailhead, but I don't know if I'd recommend it. That said, the direct descent from Old Emma back to the road was also quite steep, taking longer than expected.

As far as registers go, there's a new one on Cole Point, but it has only a small pencil, and could use a pen or two. There's currently no register on Mount Emma. And Old Emma has a register, but it has no container. I left one there, but it's somewhat flimsy, so something like an ammo can could be useful.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Part of Trip: Emmas and Cole Point

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cole Point2022-01-23 
2Mount Emma2022-01-23 
3Peak 50802022-01-23 
4Old Mount Emma2022-01-23 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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