Ascent of Agua Tibia Mountain on 2012-01-01

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
Paul Garry
Francesca Marcus
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Agua Tibia Mountain
    Elevation:4779 ft / 1456 m

Ascent Trip Report

I met Keith and Francesca at the Park & Ride in Corona on the 91 at 6am! Pretty darn early from my New Year's Eve party in OC. Ugh... I slept on the way to the trailhead and was still pretty tired when we met Paul at the TH. We headed up the Dripping Springs Trail, which is well maintained. Then the adventure began. We headed left onto an old road that was somewhat overgrown but can be followed without any problems. We followed this to a use trail that takes you the last 100m or so to the summit. The use trail is brushy but short. We all climbed the large summit block and then sat in the shade underneath it to eat lunch and browse the register. From the summit, we headed back to the road which roughly follows the ridge for a bit until a junction at Crosley Saddle where we headed left down another old road (Wild Horse Trail) down to a junction with a well-traveled dirt road which is crossed. The trail is relatively flat with short spots of uphill as you head past BM Agua and then descend down to about 2,600 ft at a saddle NE of Wild Horse Peak. From here, we bushwhacked up Wild Horse Peak, arriving at the top shortly before sunset. The sun dipped behind Agua Tibia as we departed the summit. We made our way straight down to the trail east of the peak and re-hiked a short section in our walk back to the cars. We followed the trail for quite a while (4.5 miles or so) back to the junction that is right near the campground where we parked. Overall, a great loop hike that took us from 7am to 7pm. We stopped for dinner somewhere in Temecula and I made a tiring drive back to 29 Palms from the Corona Park & Ride. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3179 ft / 968 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3179 ft / 968 m
    Route:Dripping Springs Tr to Magee Tr
    Start Trailhead:1600 ft / 487 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Agua Tibia 1/12

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Agua Tibia Mountain2012-01-01 a3179 ft / 969 m
2Wild Horse Peak2012-01-01 b937 ft / 286 m
Total Trip Gain: 4116 ft / 1255 m    Total Trip Loss: 300 ft / 91 m

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