Ascent of McAuley Peak on 2015-10-04

Climber: Trevor Kent

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McAuley Peak
    Elevation:2049 ft / 624 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'd been so busy working in the wonderful land of television production I hadn't been able to kick in 3 months. It was good to get back out on the trails for some RNR with this easy hike. I decided I'm not going to be off the trails for that long again and this is week 1 of the 52 Challenge!

Shortly after getting off the foot trail and onto the dirt road I had to give people directions back to the parking lot. I guess they had trouble finding the trail back to their car. So take note of this spot just incase.

The summit is a class 3 climb with some great views of the ocean. It looks like a big bubble rock and I found that going past the summit to the north end and climbing up that way and heading south on the edge is the best way to the top. A vertical crack is on the south end of the rock or Peak Block. Don't be discouraged if you think you are at the wrong mountain.

2:15pm TH
2:29pm road junction
3:05pm Marker 1 Area Closed For Plant Rehabilitation Sign 2.32 miles
3:10 Marker 2 Junction 2.46miles
3:20 I'm way up summit block
3:25pm-ish summit 2.84 miles up
4:00pm-ish off summit 2.89 miles
4:47pm of road on trail 5.12 miles
5:00pm TH 5.77 miles

Some some song birds, mostly finches.
A lizard or two.

solo hike.

23/84 Sierra Club lower Peaks. They've added one since July.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Backbone Trail > Mesa Peak Motorway
    Start Trailhead:Malibu Canyon Rd  
    Time:0 Days 1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Mesa Peak Motorway > Backbone Trail
    End Trailhead:Malibu Canyon Rd  
    Time:0 Days 1 Hours 0 Minutes

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