Ascent of Cajon Mountain Lookout on 2016-04-26

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cajon Mountain Lookout
    Elevation:5310 ft / 1618 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen, Pat Vaughn, and Bruce Craig. This was a day of multiple peak bagging with very little hiking and lots of route finding with the car. We did a total of 13 bumps. 4 were HPS peak, 7 were Peakbagger peaks and 2 we did just because they were there. Because we had George’s vary capable 4X$, 7 of them were drive ups.
The first were Cajon Mtn. and Cajon Mtn. LO. We followed the HPS peak guide driving instructions going in on 2N49 about 6.3 miles to the Cajon LO road. The gate was locked so we had to hike this one. We hiked about 1 ½ miles to a use trail that came in on the left (south). There was a duck there. The use trail was a little bushy but easy to follow. After Cajon Mtn., we came back to the road and continued west a short distance to Cajon Mtn. LO. There was a piece of communication equipment on the summit. There was a register on Cajon Mtn. and a benchmark on the Lookout (but no Lookout).
Next was Sugarpine. We drove an additional 2.4 miles on the road to the takeoff point for this peak. We ended up driving to the summit, although you need a very good 4X4 and a good driver. The road has deep ruts. It’s only a short walk. We found no register or benchmark.
Next were the Baileys. We continued another 1.2 miles going past Bailey Peak to a saddle. We parked and hiked west up ridge a short distance. It starts out as a road then quickly becomes a trail. There was a register with a top that was very difficult to get off. We then hiked back to the car. We could see Bailey BM with the communication equipment from the summit and a road leading up to it. The road had a locked gate, so we hiked the short distance to the top. There are two set of towers on the top. The benchmark is halfway between them on the right (south) side of the road.
It was then back to the car and on to Peak 5598. This proved to be the toughest hike of the day. We drove about a mile to a point slightly southwest of the peak. There a place on the right (south) to park off the road. The start was nice, foot high grass that was easy to hike through. As we got closer to the summit, we ran into a wall of head high buckthorn. Pat, Bruce and I worked our way to the left. George found a trail to the right and headed that way. It turned out to be a mistake. The trail ended and he had to push his way through the bush. In the meantime, we went to the left and were able to skirt around the buckthorn. We were up on the top waiting for George. All we could see was his sticks when he raised them up and he was only about 100’ from us. He finally emerged, all torn up and exhausted. He did find a couple of benchmarks in that mess. We all went back the way we came up.
Next was Monument. We drove down the road and thought we had the correct bump. We drove to the top (5420) only to discover it was the next bump. So it was down to the road and continued on to the correct bump where we drove to the summit, a very short distance.
Now we were faced with a decision. Our next peaks were in the Cedarpines area. In a straight line, it was only about 1 ½ miles away. We could go back 2N49 to SR 138 then down to Cedarpines. This would take a hour to a hour and half. At the junction with monument, there was a dirt road heading east. Our Topo map showed this road, but it wasn’t clear if it went all the way to Cedarpines, if it was in any drivable shape or if there was a locked gate. We decided to try the road. It turn out it not only went to Cedarpines, but was in great shape (any sedan could have driven it) and there was no locked gate. We were down in about 15 minutes. In Cedarpines, we were looking for Jobs Peak. This use to be on the HPS list but was delisted. Cedarpines is a mishmash of small roads. It would be impossible for me to tell you what roads we took. Fortunately, we plugged in an address (21640 Jobs Peak Rd., Crestline) and our GPS took us to the summit. The summit consists of a water tank in the middle of a bunch of houses. It was easy to see why HPS delisted it.
Next was Paivika BM and Peak 5360. We took a Crest Forest Dr. out of Cedarpines to Waters Rd. to 138 to the south end of Crest Forest Dr., turned right (west) and using our GPS worked our way to Playground Drive. We followed Playground past the Camp Paivika to where it ended. It was a short walk up a grassy hill to Paivika BM. There was a pipe sticking in the ground where the BM was. While we were there, a couple of caretakers for the camp came by. They were nice, but told us we should have parked at the entrance to the camp and walk back to the BM. We drove back to a point just north of 5360. It turns out the summit is right in the middle of the camp. It is in a cement fireplace. Again, we met the caretakers and they were really not happy with us. This peak should not be on Peakbagger.
After leaving the camp, we drove a short distance to Glider Launch Point. This should be on Peakbagger instead of 5360. It has some fantastic views of San Bernardino and surrounding area. We saw about 5 hang glider that were getting ready to take off.
Our next and last peak was Badger Hill. We worked our way to the west side of Cal State University, San Bernardino and a dirt road called Badger Canyon Rd. We drove about a mile and parked at a locked gate. It was a short walk south up a dirt path to the summit.
2N49 was in pretty good shape. You don’t need 4WD, but should have high clearance. To drive to the summits we did, you definitely need a good 4WD
7:50 am Depart. 5038’
8:40 am Cajon Mtn. 5360’+
9:00 am Cajon Mtn. LO. 5310’
9:35 am Car. 3 miles round trip, 695’ gain, 1 hour 45 minutes.
10:00 am Sugarpine Mtn. 5478’ Drive up.
10:20 am Depart. 5490’
10:25 am Bailey Peak. 5699’
10:40 am Car. 0.3miles round trip, 150’ gain, 20 minutes.
10:45 am Depart. 5536’
10:55 am Bailey Benchmark. 5609’
11:20am Depart. 5340’
11:40 am Peak 5598’
12:05 pm Car. 0.4 miles round trip, 200’ gain, 45 minutes.
12:10 pm Peak 5420’ Drive up.
12:20 pm Monument Peak. 5290’ Drive up.
12:55 pm Jobs Peak. 5388’ Drive up.
1:35 pm Paivika BM. 5323’ Drive up.
1:55 pm Peak 5360’ Drive up.
2:00 pm Glider Launch Point. Drive up.
2:48 pm Depart. 1749’
3:00 pm Badger Hill. 1856’
3:08 pm Car. 0.6 miles round trip, 100’ gain, 20 minutes.
Total for the day: 4.7 miles round trip, 1215’ gain, 3 hours, 25 minutes.
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