Ascent of Kreiger Peak on 2016-03-19

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kreiger Peak
    Elevation:1900 ft / 579 m

Ascent Trip Report

this was really fun. the weather was great, the views were great, the hills were green.

i'm pretty sure i stayed in the park for the whole hike, but i did run into a couple fences. kreiger peak does seem to be part of a EBRPD land purchase in 2011 (see the peak main page for URL).

i started with rose hill, and had plotted a track toward kreiger peak, but on the way from rose hill i saw a use trail headed off to the right, and took it on a whim. it crossed a fence with a gaping hole, and headed up toward the ridge with peak 1535. i ended up having to bushwhack part of this, but i suspect there's a path which doesn't involve bushwhacking: try going right at the fence (instead of through). there weren't many views from the peak 1535 ridgeline, but it does seem to have been a popular destination in the 60s and 70s based on the dates carved into the rocks by various people. regardless, it offered a much more interesting path than had i followed the boring ranch road around the ridge.

after 1535 i thought i'd head along "black diamond trail" to head up to peak 1894 (on ridge with kreiger). although it's called "trail" it's really just a ranch road. i got bored and spotted an open green hillside with cow trails along it, and detoured up that. i had to cross a fence along the way. after passing a pond i could have headed east and more directly toward 1894, but west looked more interesting. this lead to a barn, and i went cross-country up the hill toward kreiger ridge from there.

once i attained the ridge with kreiger i decided i'd walk along it toward 1894 just for completeness. the views up here are great: mount diablo features prominently. there is an antenna installation at 1894, but fortunately kreiger peak itself is unadorned. there are a few rocks to sit on and have lunch.

after kreiger i decided to head back down toward peak 1584, which was fairly uneventful. from there i figured i'd head back to the parking lot, but again i got bored of the ranch road when i spotted a use trail heading up a hill toward a fence. there was an opening in the fence, and despite the sign saying "leaving park, entering private property" it appeared to be a well used trail. this lead over several unnamed/numbered ridges and eventually joined up with the parks' own "ridge trail". this is around where i started to run into numerous groups of people (close enough to the parking lot again), most of whom were experimenting with yelling and listening for an echo.

rather than take "old canyon road" back to the parking lot i decided to toss in one more unnamed/numbered peak: the wide flat peak east of the parking lot. it seems to be at least 1400' elevation with at least 220' prominence. there was a nice use trail, but to attain the peak itself you have to cross under a fence (it's all within the park though). once on the peak i saw what seemed to be ATV wheel tracks in the grass, and i followed the track down the north side (where i spotted the first poison oak of the day), and finally back to the parking lot.

loads of fun. however i suspect this had a lot to do with the weather (not too hot), and the fact that last rain had been 5 or 6 days previously. this park becomes a mud bath when it's wet... and in the summer i can imagine it's too hot and dusty.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2101 ft / 639 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2507 ft / 763 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1331 ft / 405 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 779 ft / 238 m; Extra: 552 ft / 168m
    Loss on way in:552 ft / 168 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:via peak 1535, peak 1894
    Start Trailhead:rose hill saddle  1121 ft / 341 m
    Time:1 Hours 46 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1955 ft / 595 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1185 ft / 362 m; Extra: 770 ft / 234m
    Gain on way out:770 ft / 234 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.5 km
    Route:via peak 1584, ridge trail and unnamed peak 1400is
    End Trailhead:parking lot  715 ft / 217 m
    Time:2 Hours 4 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: black diamond mines loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rose Hill2016-03-19 a791 ft / 241 m
2Kreiger Peak2016-03-19 b2101 ft / 640 m
Total Trip Gain: 2892 ft / 881 m    Total Trip Loss: 2892 ft / 881 m
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