Ascent of Ranger Peak on 2015-07-06
|Date:||Monday, July 6, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5082 ft / 1548 m|
Ascent Trip Report This was a solo hike. I wanted to get Miller and also Ranger since it was a drive up.
For Miller, I started at the Humber Park in Idyllwild, first stopping at the ranger station to pull a permit.
I went up the Devil Slide trail to the saddle then to Wellman Divide then to Miller. The takeoff point for Miller is where the San Jacinto trail makes a shape left. It is a short distance (1/10th mile) to the rock pile that is the summit of Miller. On Miller I found a register and two plaques. One plaque was to honor a Frank Miller who worked with young boys, probably through the Boy Scouts. The plaque was placed there in 1936. The second plaque was honoring the Boy Scouts. It had 3 of their oaths on it. I returned the same way I went in.
Ranger was a drive up. Ranger was originally on the HPS list, but was taken off because it was a drive up. The road, 4S06, begins about 200 feet past the Vista Grande Fire station, coming from Idyllwild. It is a little rough starting out, with deep ruts. A high clearance vehicle would have no problem. It is about 1 mile in. Go left at the first junction, then right at the second junction. Drive to end and walk up the stairs
up to the foundation to the old fire lookout. There was some great views from the top. I found no register or benchmark.
7:40 am Depart. 6500’
9:00 am Saddle Junction. 8080’ 2.9 miles
11:30 am Wellman Divide. 9700’ 6.6 miles
12:50 pm Junction for Miller. 10,350’. 8.1 miles
1:05 pm Miller Summit. 10,400’. 8.3 miles
1:30 pm Depart.
2:20 pm Wellman Divide.
3:40 pm Saddle Junction.
4:50 pm Car. 15.8 miles rt, 4300’ gain, 9 hours, 10 minutes.
6:00 pm Ranger. 5082’ Drive up.
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