Ascent of Corte Madera Mountain on 2014-04-19

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
Jim Leckie
Mark Sutton
Nelson Peacock
Paula Sanchez
Debbie Werner
Date:Saturday, April 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Corte Madera Mountain
    Elevation:4657 ft / 1419 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first of three peaks planned for the day (Corte Madera, Coulter Peak, & Los Pinos). We parked at the pullout just above the East end of the Espinosa Trail. We ascended via the Espinosa Trail until we reached the saddle. There was a lot of poison oak along the initial trail; some of it hanging down to head level. At the saddle, we headed north up a dirt road. Not too far you will come across a birds of prey signage which is the trailhead to Corte Madera. The trail is easy to follow; until you are near the end. There are several side trails that head down to private property. Just follow the ducked trail on the return. I recommend using trekking poles as there are many sections that require extra care with footing. This is mainly due to erosion and/or steep sections. There are several bumps to traverse on the ascent (& descent). Watch for birds of prey. We saw several riding the thermals/winds above us. On the return we did a side trip to the top of Coulter Peak (see other trip report). We returned the same route until we reached the saddle where the Espinosa Trail crosses. We then started the Los Pinos climb (see other trip report). Carried 3 liters of water for the entire day; consumed just over a liter for this section.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1861 ft / 567 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1861 ft / 567 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1585 ft / 483 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1309 ft / 399 m; Extra: 276 ft / 84m
    Loss on way in:276 ft / 84 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:East Espinosa Trail
    Start Trailhead:3348 ft / 1020 m
    Time:2 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1585 ft / 483 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1309 ft / 399 m; Extra: 276 ft / 84m
    Gain on way out:276 ft / 84 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:East Espinosa Trail
    End Trailhead:3348 ft / 1020 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Corte Madera Los Pinos 2014

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Corte Madera Mountain2014-04-191861 ft / 567 m
2Coulter Peak2014-04-1993 ft / 28 m
3Los Pinos Mountain2014-04-191080 ft / 329 m
Total Trip Gain: 3034 ft / 924 m    Total Trip Loss: 3661 ft / 1115 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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