Ascent of Santa Cruz Peak on 2014-10-04

Climber: Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach

Date:Saturday, October 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Santa Cruz Peak
    Elevation:5570 ft / 1697 m

Ascent Trip Report

2-Day backpacking trip of "The Big 3" HPS peaks in Santa Barbara and Ventura Co with Christine. Day 1 - hiked in the dark 8.5 miles up to McKinley Campground and set up camp. Day 2 - hike Santa Cruz, San Rafael, McKInley Peaks. VERY HOT and brushy. But we worked hard all day. Back to the campground - Christine filtered water from McKinley Spring and I just frantically packed up my gear while getting swarmed with flies. Quick and HOT HOT HOT.... 90++++ degrees hike down to the cars, hitting Kachuma Peak along the way. Great 2-day trip in the mountains with an awesome friend!
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