Ascent of Turtle Rock Park High Point on 2016-05-05

Climber: William Musser

Date:Thursday, May 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Turtle Rock Park High Point
    Elevation:530 ft / 161 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found it odd that this peak had not been entered. Considering how many people to French Hill and in the process, hike a loop up and over this taller hill - it should be in the database. It is the highest hill in the common hiked circuit in the Turtle Rock park lands preserved around the subdivisions in the area near the campus.

The biked trails connect beautifully to the sidewalks and those to the maintained off road hiking trails so the entire area can be enjoyed and connected. After seeing the sunrise on French Hill, I used the bike trail to along Starcrest to connect me over to the hiking use trail that leads to this higher peak. I enjoyed following a coyote to near the summit before I lost him.

Then, after summiting, I hiked down the backside of the hill where there is a series of rocks to downhike-that gives it more of a class 2 feel and then you hit a paved section with stairs. I took the stairs to the ball-field and then turned around and hiked back up the highpoint a second time jogging up and over the rocks.
After the second time seeing the peak, i headed back to French Hill the way I came and hiked up French Hill a second time thus, completing a 4 mile trip with plenty of vertical. Now it was 6:45 AM and needed to get back, shower, and get ready to start the day and go to the company office.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:280 ft / 84 m
    Total Elevation Loss:255 ft / 77 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+, 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:265 ft / 80 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 245 ft / 75 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Starcrest to Turtle Rock Viewpoint Trail
    Start Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks  285 ft / 86 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:235 ft / 71 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 220 ft / 67 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Trail and concrete steps to park
    End Trailhead:ballfield at bottom of public park  310 ft / 94 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Irvine-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1French Hill2016-05-05 a331 ft / 101 m
2Turtle Rock Park High Point2016-05-05 b280 ft / 85 m
3Turtle Rock Park High Point2016-05-05 c255 ft / 78 m
4French Hill2016-05-05 d196 ft / 60 m
Total Trip Gain: 1062 ft / 324 m    Total Trip Loss: 901 ft / 275 m

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