Ascent of Poverty Ridge on 2015-10-06

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Poverty Ridge
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

A 20 mile knee-buster with 4000 feet of gain, starting from Mt. Hamilton Road in Grant Park. On the way up I was feeling good and accidentally bypassed Antler Point on my way up to the slightly lower point a little past it. Should I go back for Antler Point now, adding 0.4 miles, or get it on the way back? I decided to get it on the way back, occasioning a 400' vertical slog in the heat when I was dead tired.

I saw my first coyote ever shortly after starting out. No humans all day.

It might be worth checking if a shorter approach is possible by starting in Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, which is part of the University of California. On their Web site you can apply for a permit, and it looks like hiking might be an approved use. You'd likely have to conceal the desire to hop fences into neighboring ranches.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3970 ft / 1209 m
    Extra Gain:1500 ft / 457 m
    Round-Trip Distance:19.6 mi / 31.5 km
    Trailhead:Mt. Hamilton Road  2350 ft / 716 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 

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