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Ascent of Point San Bruno on 2015-04-27

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, April 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Point San Bruno
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:182 ft / 55 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Point San Bruno HP is accessed from 480 Grandview Drive, where there is ample parking for the short-term visitor in the tenant-parking area. There is a sign here for the well-known, widely visible 92-foot high steel Wind Harp, which was designed as a centerpiece for the Cabot, Cabot and Forbes Industrial Park in 1967. The City of South San Francisco acquired it as a mini-park in 1996. A short walk up the paved approach leads to a grassy, circular field and at its center the Wind Harp, which on a windy day, like today, produces "eerie" sounds. It is said to be the world's largest aeolian harp. This small spot of solitude is well maintained, but probably not visited that often. The HP is farther up the hill, in a securely fenced area. I was lucky today. After walking through the open gate (normally locked), I encountered a technician at the summit area, which holds communication facilities (American Tower, Verizon) and a very large, relatively low concrete structure with slit windows. The technician said this area is closed to the public and that I should leave immediately.(I saw no signs to this effect, although the fencing and usually locked gate provide tacit notice.) Mission accomplished, I returned to the car after taking another turn around the unique Wind Harp.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:82 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Via Wind Harp
    Trailhead:480 Grand View Dr  100 ft / 30 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear



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