Ascent of Palomar Mountain on 2017-04-30

Climber: Ginger Partyka

Others in Party:Nichole Sterioti -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, April 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palomar Mountain
    Elevation:6140 ft / 1871 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Palomar peaks can be frustrating logistically to bag in multiples because the peaks are far apart, and the range can be low on water sources. But not enthused about driving to each separately, we mapped routes to be able to bag a couple at a time in long trips, and we were very careful in water and weather prep. We did a point to point for Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag (24 Miles) last fall, and then this time pieced together an out and back for Boucher and Palomar. Our Boucher to Palomar day hike took us 19.5 miles in about 6:45 hours moving time over 2930 total elevation change. Had a phenomenal time.

This route was a combination of trail (10%), paved road (10%), and dirt road (80%). (With a little more research I think I could connect some additional trails and eliminate almost all pavement. Maybe next time if I come back.) Most of the dirt road was clearly sparsely traveled (grass and plants growing) until after the Observatory when the dirt road clearly saw use. Almost the entire route had fantastic tree cover up until the final Palomar ascent. The gnat/flee bugs were pretty bad, but I got used to it, and it didn't ruin the trip. We did, however, get caught in the middle of a huge and fast moving bee swarm. Very unnerving. We ducked and ran hard until we were clear of it. The bee swarm continued down the mountain a separate way after leaving us a bit shaken, but no worse for the wear.

The weather was GREAT. Was 86 degrees at the floor of the mountain, but we started at about 5000 ft of elevation and never went below 4500, so the altitude (5 degrees / thousand feet) adjusted the temps very, very nicely in our favor.

We parked Here at the ranger station and paid 10 dollars cash for the day use fee.

Found 2 Mylar Balloons
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Boucher To Palomar (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Boucher Hill2017-04-30 
2Palomar Mountain2017-04-30 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ginger Partyka
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