Ascent of Peak 2256 on 2016-03-22
|Date:||Tuesday, March 22, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2256 ft / 687 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was a private hike with Pat Vaughn, Bruce Craig and Gigi (Bruce’s puppy). I needed Verdugo for my 4X on the Lower Peaks list. I had done it three different ways and was looking for a fourth way. We set this up as a shuttle hike. We left one car at the entrance to the Wildwood Canyon Park then drove to the Stough Canyon Nature Center to start the hike. Since this was a private hike I wanted to pick up some Peakbagger peaks on the way. Directions to Wildwood were 5 north to Burbank. Burbank east to San Fernando Blvd, turn left. Go a short distance to Delaware, turn right. Go to Glenoaks, turn right. Go to Harvard and turn left. Drive about 1 ½ miles to the entrance of Wildwood. We left a vehicle there and continued on Harvard pass the Castaway Restaurant to Walnut. Turn right and drive a short distance to the Nature Center.
The Verdugo Mtn. road starts to the left of the Nature Center. We walked about a mile to a signed junction. The road straight ahead goes to the saddle. The road to the left leads to the Old Youth Campground and eventually to the saddle. It also goes past two of the Peakbagger peaks. We took the road to the left and within a short came to a signed junction, Trail View, to the left. It was a short distance to the viewpoint which was also Peak 1922.
We continued on the road towards the Youth Campground. It soon turned into a trail. In a few minutes, we came to the campground. All that remained was a fireplace. We continued on the road/trail and shortly came upon a junction. We went straight passing 2256. Shortly we came to a junction with a use trail coming in from the left. We took this use trail about a ¼ mile to 2256. We went back down to the junction, going (east) towards Verdugo.
We walked the road about a mile, going pass 2646 to where the ridge comes down to the road. We then walked up the ridge about a 10th mile to 2646. Back to the road and continued on to Verdugo, passing the ridge to Wildwood Canyon. Verdugo is the third antenna field. There is a fence around it, with a trail just outside the fence. There was a bench on the summit.
After Verdugo, we walked back down the road about a mile to the first antenna we passed. The trail down to Wildwood starts in front of antenna. It is called the Vital Link Trail. It is short and steep; about an 1800’ drop in a little over a mile. It is a popular hike for locals. Just before the end, we went over 1815 and down to the car.
We had an excellent day for the hike. It was a sunny, breezy day and the views were spectacular. I would call this the Park Bench Route. There was a bench on almost every peak and many in between.
7:55 am Depart. 1520’
8:15 am Peak 1922’
8:30 am Old Youth Campground 2095’
8:40 am Peak 2246’
9:25 am Peak 2646’
10:20 am Verdugo Mountain. 3126’
11:00 am Vital Link Trail. 2958’
11:45 am Peak 1815’
12:05 pm Car. 8 miles round trip, 2100’ gain, 4 hours, 10 minutes.
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