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Ascent of Agua Tibia Mountain on 2016-10-15

Climber: Ginger Partyka

Others in Party:Nichole Sterioti -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Agua Tibia Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4779 ft / 1456 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag as a point-to-point w/ 1 overnight. Parked one car on High Point Rd near the Cutca Valley Trailhead . Since my 4x4 is still in the mail, pushed our high clearance RWD vehicles as far as we felt comfortable and parked. In hindsight, we likely could have made it all the way to the trailhead, but were unaware at the time. Parked the other at Dripping Springs Campground . Picked up two Adventure Passes at REI for 5 bucks a piece and left one in each car. Also, since we were spending an overnight, got a wilderness permit for the Palomar District of Cleveland National Forest. Started the hike from Dripping Springs right after 9AM. Hiked Dripping Springs Trail to Palomar Magee Trail. Both had very clear trails. Palomar Magee had plenty of downed trees and poison oak. But it's been a week, and we've both managed to avoid a rash. One of the downed trees smacked me in the face gave me quite a gash though.

There is a nice duck/cairn at the entrance to a somewhat cut trail to get up to Agua Tibia Peak. Since it was still quite overgrown despite having clearly been trimmed, we left our backpacks and shimmied to Agua Tibia peak through the bramble. The peak itself was unclear, but we went to the dot on the GPS, signed the register and headed down. Upon exiting the peak, we ran into a boy scout troop and gave them the scoop on the secret trail to the peak. They thanked us and enthusiastically plowed into the brush to bag it as well. Agua Tibia Peak was at about the 8 mile mark.

We then headed onto Eagle Crag via the Crosley Saddle. At some point Palomar Magee turned into Cutca Valley Trail. After 5ish more miles (13 Miles at this point), we got to the spur that lead up to Eagle Crag. Though some light use can be seen, the trek up to the peak is closer to off trail than not. It was steep and sandy at the beginning, and so we dumped our backpacks and headed up. Eventually the steepness mellowed out and we were into more forgiving bush dodging terrain until we reached the peak. The peak was awesome. 4500ft under our belts.

Sand skiied our way down, grabbed our bags, and started looking for a place to spend the night. Nichole almost immediately scored us a
good spot . We were asleep by 6:30PM.

The next day's hike out via Cutca Valley Trail was straightforward. We popped out of the trail eventually onto High Point Rd and then hiked back to our car on the road. 24 miles total and 6300 ft of elevation overall. In reterospect, we should have done this trail in reverse as we ended the the trail at ~1500ft higher in elevation than where we started.

Since there is no water on this trail, we had to pack everything in. We had a rule that we wouldn't do the trek if it was predicted at over 80 F in Temecula. We'd called the trip off once before due to the temps. When we went, it was a high of 76 F in Temecula. We knew it would be colder about 5 degrees F/1000 ft elevation, so we anticipated a good temp range for the duration of the tramp. I drank 4 liters including what I needed for dinner and coffee. Nichole drank less than 3. We carried significantly more.

24 Miles
1 Overnight - Backpacking Agua Tibia Wilderness
6300 ft Elevation
11 Hrs hiking time
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Agua Tibia Mountain2016-10-15 
2Eagle Crag2016-10-15 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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