Ascent of Rattlesnake Peak on 2014-11-24

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Blue the Dog
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rattlesnake Peak
    Elevation:5826 ft / 1775 m

Ascent Trip Report

The original plan was to hike up Route #2 (E Ridge) and down Route #1 (S Ridge). Thanks to the heat and Blue's inability to stay cool, I ended up ascending and descending the E Ridge route. The road is obviously easy to follow, and the tunnels were pretty cool. I have wanted to see them for a while. The Hwy 39 hikes are convenient when I visit Aidan in La Puente and he has school all day as I can walk him to school, bag a peak, and then pick him up from school. The route degrades significantly after the second tunnel. After the second gully following the second tunnel, there is a use trail up and left to the ridge. It is in great shape. Once you gain the ridge, the worst part of the hike is next as it is steep, sandy, and then brushy. Once you hit the edge of the burned area a little higher on the ridge, it is smooth sailing to the summit. It was pretty breezy today, which I thought would keep Blue cool. I was wrong. As is becoming more the norm, I had to set him up in the shade with a nice large bowl of water and continue to the summit without him. The summit register has the usual suspects from HPS in it. Views of Iron Mtn dominate the ascent and descent, but on top you can see all kinds of local stuff on this clear day: Catalina Island, the 241 descending to the 91, Baldy, Baden Powell, all of the Hawkins peaks, Wilson, and the Glendora ridge. Great weather and not much smog. Just a bit warm for a visitor from Seattle... There is a metal pole with a #39 on it. No idea what it means, but I made up my own story in my head about the 39 sign being related to nearby CA-39, and that is somehow related to the road/tunnels to nowhere, as well as the nearby bridge to nowhere. I picked Blue up at his resting spot. He made a nice nest in the dirt and drank most of his water. He was in much better spirits on the descent. We took a nice shoe shake break in the shade at the entrance to the uphill tunnel. Didn't see any people trailhead to trailhead. I guess the weather was too nice for folks today! Pictures

GPS notes: You can clearly see where the 2 tunnels are located as my GPS lost the signal in them. Pretty cool.

Just over 5 hrs car-to-car (GPS track is exactly 5 hrs, but I walked for 5-10 min before it got a signal)
~10 miles (9.8 plus the tunnel gaps, so call it an even 10)
Avg moving: 2.3 mph (I must be getting soft)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3526 ft / 1074 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3526 ft / 1074 m
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:2300 ft / 701 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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