Ascent of McGinty Mountain on 2014-05-17

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
John Strauch
John Nelson & Wife
Mark Sutton
Jim Leckie
Date:Saturday, May 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McGinty Mountain
    Elevation:2183 ft / 665 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike was to get away from all the local fire-related stress during the week. The day was free of smoke but still very warm despite having an early marine layer we haven't seen in weeks. Parked at the Trailhead just off Jamul Drive (about 4 tenths of a mile north of Lyons Valley Road. After about a half mile, the trail is steep with several switchbacks for 3 tenths of a mile. You pass by several mines. The trail tops out on an old fire road with a great view; there are two more mines just across from the tree (the only tree in the area). Continued upward going over several small bumps for 7 tenths of a mile. Note: there is a fork in the trail which the (left) upward trail goes to a mine (Peg Leg Mine) which you can then traverse and sort of bushwhack along the ridge until you regain the trail/old fire road. The trail then gets steep again until you reach the summit. Watch your step both up and down as the trail is heavy eroded/gullied by storm run-off in this section. If you look across the gully on the left you'll see some more mine shafts (holes). There is a memorial sign and register/cache just short of the summit. There is also a register next to the largest & highest rock at the summit. The register was stuffed and didn't have a top so we made sure a good size flat rock protected it from the elements. Several members on the hike, which had hiked this many times, commented that they usually see a rattlesnake on the summit. We didn't see a rattlesnake this trip; maybe waiting for the heat of the day to sunbathe? We returned the same way; checking out some of the mine openings along the way which added a little gain and distance on the return. A couple of us, including me ignoring my GPS backtracking, took a wrong turn (to the right which you can see on the GPS track). There even was two large ducks which somehow missed/ignored at the fork. Well in short order the decent trail just vanishes and you have to hike back due to heavy brush. Don't forget the trail descends off the old fire road to the right just before reaching the Tree. Good hike. I carried 2 liters of liquid due to the high heat; drank just over 1 liter. Other than The Tree, there is no shade on this trail...unless you start very early before the sun reaches the first mile of the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1463 ft / 445 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1463 ft / 445 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1383 ft / 421 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1323 ft / 403 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:McGinty Trail
    Start Trailhead:McGinty TH  860 ft / 262 m
    Time:1 Hours 18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1403 ft / 427 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1323 ft / 403 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:McGinty Trail
    End Trailhead:McGinty TH  860 ft / 262 m
    Time:1 Hours 16 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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