Ascent of Mount Wanda on 2014-05-24

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Wanda
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Wanda is the HP of the John Muir National Historic Site. The well signed "Mt. Wanda" gate is accessed from the parking area at the intersection of Alhambra Valley Rd and Franklin Canyon Rd, across the highway from the nearby entrance to the Historic Site. The route follows a wide, well graded ranch road, moderately steep lower down, and in a mile (according to posted information) reaches the gentle open area of Mt. Wanda. Numerous oak trees provide broken shade up the first half of the hike to a trail junction with picnic table and a separate bench. The last half of the hike is without shade through grassy, golden colored, open slopes. The extensive views from the summit are rewarding, particularly of the Sacramento River and Mt. Diablo. A summit bench offers a comfortable place to sit and contemplate the surroundings. Although a "sister" summit, Mt. Helen, is shown on the topo map, it isn't at all prominent. This was a beautiful afternoon, warm but not hot, with a welcome breeze higher up. I highly recommend Mt. Wanda for a short hike--early spring should be a prime time with green hills and plentiful wildflowers, of which I spotted none today.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:510 ft / 155 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Ranch road
    Trailhead:Mount Wanda TH  130 ft / 39 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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