Ascent of Cuyamaca Peak on 2015-06-16
|Others in Party:||Gabe Forrey|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, June 16, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6512 ft / 1984 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGo figure, we were a few feet from Little Stonewall and skipped it. Oh well. Gabe and I set out for an after-work hike in our local mountains. I picked Gabe up at his apartment in Mission Valley and we headed to cooler, higher ground. First up was Stonewall Pk, a HPS that I still needed up here. As it turned out, it was HPS peak #100 for me - woo hoo! A peak with a trail to the summit and no antennas - I could not have been happier! We decided to take the scenic descent route. After a water refill at the ranger station/parking lot, we headed up Cuyamaca Peak via a more scenic (not pavement) trail. Cuyamaca was a 2x for me, though Gabe needed it for his CA P2k and HPS lists. We then headed for the day's primary objective, Japacha Pk. It is right off the trail, but you have to bash through a little bit of scratchy chapparal to get it. Fun! Gabe was in shorts and wondered why he wanted to hike with me... Once we returned to the trail, we had out work cut out for us to return to the car. We made a big loop of it. Some of our return trails were somewhat overgrown with spring grass. How can these trails be so lightly traveled in such a beautiful park? We then reconnected with a dirt road that led to the paved road back to the camp/parking area. We saw no other humans on any of the trails the entire afternoon.
Back at the car, Gabe was pretty tired, and I switched to flip flops for the drive home. On a side note, after I dropped Gabe off at his place, I stopped at a grocery store for food. A terrible pain had completely engulfed my right foot. I barely limped into the store. I had no idea what it was. Gabe and I had originally planned to hike again the next day. I had to cancel because of my foot. I was pretty upset that I had been injured on such a lame/easy/trail hike. When the pain refused to go away for nearly a week, I ended up cancelling a Sierra Nevada peakbagging trip with Gabe up the Meysan Lakes drainage for Mallory & Irvine. I got seen and was diagnosed with a ligament strain in my foot. I was ordered to not walk much and elevate/ice the foot. I never get injuries - read this as I was very mad!!! So, I ended up heading to Seattle for a 3 day weekend nearly 2 weeks after my injury since I couldn't peakbag. Luckily, Becca and I discovered stand up paddle boarding together, so we have a new outdoor activity to share (and I have a new toy for the storage unit/top of the Yaris). I needed to get better before my Devils Crags trip over the 4th... I ended up taking a 3 week hiatus from hiking in prime season to nurse this damn thing!
17.8 miles RT (not bad for after work on a Tue)
7 hrs car-to-car
1: # of friend's wives mad at me for returning their husband home at 10pm from an afternoon stroll in the mountains
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1792 ft / 546 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gain on way in:||1792 ft / 546 m|
| Route:||Trails from the NE|
| Start Trailhead:||4720 ft / 1438 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: JackPack '15|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 2917 ft / 889 m Total Trip Loss: 200 ft / 61 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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