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Ascent of Chaparral Peak on 2012-02-18

Climber: Jason Reed

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chaparral Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1760 ft / 536 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the parking lot on Golf Course Rd, near the intersection with Grizzly Peak Blvd. I ran east on the Grizzly peak trail until I was next to the peak. Sicne I didn't see clear trail up and there wasn't one on the map I bushwhacked up the side. it appeared other people, probably college students, had done the same as there was no shortage of empty bottles and trash.

At the top there was a fenced in area which I couldn't completely walk around due to the terrain but I covered the hig side and there didn't appear to be any clearly high points within the area. I found a trail to get down that reconnected with the Grizzly Peak Trail only a little farther down than where I had cut off it.

I continued along the trail across South Park Drive to Vollmer Peak Trail. I took a right on Vollmer Peak Trail which turned out to be one really big switchback that connects with Lupine. From there I took a right and Vollmer peak was just a short way up. On the way up the peak there was a section where I could see storage areas with park equipment. It reminded me of being behind the scenes at Disney World. The actual peak was more interesting than Grizzly peak though.

I went down the way I came to the Seaview Trail (paved) and followed that down to the Steamn Trains. I crossed Grizzly Peak Blvd and without seeing a clear trail up Chaparral Peak I bushwhacked up the side. At the top there was a guy who told me he ran up a fire road from the other side.

I decided to take the fire road down which Grizzly Blvd at South Park Drive. I ran down South Park Drive to the intersection I crossed at earlier. I took a left, the way I had come except when I got to a fork with Grizzly Peak trail to the left, I took the right just to see something different. This either was already, or led to, the Tower Trail. Tower led to the Golf Course Trail which I took to the Redwood Trail which led me back to my car.

There are excellent maps of this park available on www.ebparks.org. I'd recommend using the map more than the trail name descriptions I wrote above becaue it's unclear in some places where a trail ends and another begins, specificalyl in the Lupine Trail/Vollmer Peak Trail area and the Grizzly Peak Trail/Golf Course Trail area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Total Elevation Loss:937 ft / 285 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:132 ft / 40 m
    Loss on way in:277 ft / 84 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Seaview TR, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Vollmer Peak  1905 ft / 580 m
    Time:16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:660 ft / 201 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 567 ft / 173 m; Extra: 93 ft / 28m
    Gain on way out:93 ft / 28 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:see description
    End Trailhead:Golf Course Rd at Grizzly Peak Blvd.  1193 ft / 363 m
    Time:21 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tilden1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Grizzly Peak2012-02-18594 ft / 181 m
2Vollmer Peak2012-02-18458 ft / 140 m
3Chaparral Peak2012-02-18225 ft / 69 m
Total Trip Gain: 1277 ft / 390 m    Total Trip Loss: 1277 ft / 389 m



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