Ascent of Turtle Rock Park High Point on 2016-05-05
|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 ReportI 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|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 1062 ft / 324 m Total Trip Loss: 901 ft / 275 m
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