Ascent of Santa Cruz Peak on 2016-11-12

Climber: Naresh Satyan

Date:Saturday, November 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Santa Cruz Peak
    Elevation:5570 ft / 1697 m

Ascent Trip Report

Big Three dayhike! HPS trip led by Peter and Ignacia Doggett, with a pretty strong group. Standard routes to all peaks, the only routefinding challenge was to follow the ducked route to Santa Cruz peak from the saddle at 5280'.
5:05 Cachuma Saddle
8:15 McKinley Spring. Surprised a couple with their dogs who were cleaning up their camp. The dogs didn't seem to care too much for our presence, but quietened down after a bit once they got used to us. Filtered 4 liters of water to cache at McKinley Saddle (water wasn't flowing very strongly). Joined by birds at the spring as I filtered water. Left at 8:45 am
9:00 McKinley Saddle, depart for Santa Cruz peak
11:45 Santa Cruz peak summit. 30 minute lunch break
15:00 Back to McKinley saddle after a tough hike. I thought it was pretty warm on the return. 15 minute break
16:10 San Rafael mountain summit
16:50 McKinley Saddle, on to McKinley mountain
17:20 McKinley mountain summit
17:45 McKinley Saddle
21:36 Return to Cachuma saddle, 16h30m round trip
Total distance for the hike was about 33 miles, and >8000' of elevation gain (probably >8500')

Long day hike, held up reasonably well.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Three Day Hike 2016

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Santa Cruz Peak2016-11-12 a 
2San Rafael Mountain2016-11-12 b 
3McKinley Mountain2016-11-12 c 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Naresh Satyan
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