Ascent of Hot Springs Peak on 2017-05-27

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hot Springs Peak
    Elevation:7654 ft / 2332 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed the approach instructions provided by Dennis Poulin. Down low the road is dusty, but fine for any vehicle. The road that traverses up to the saddle however is quite rocky. It’s probably the roughest road I’ve driven in a year. I made it up in my Forester without issue, but there were a couple basketball sized rocks that required artful steering to avoid. Clearance is pretty much mandatory to make it up. It’s also worth noting that there is no longer a gate at the saddle.

The peaks themselves are great with beautiful views in all directions. I was surprised by how many names there were in the east summit register. (There is also a summit register on the apparently less frequently visited west peak as well.) It seems like local property owners must come up, and then there were a number of people mentioning coming up via the Amadee mountains.

The caveat to this peak is that the terrain kind of sucks. Maybe it changes depending on the time of year and seasonal rain fall (2017 was very wet for CA). But, the entire route is cross country across rocks concealed in knee to waist high grass and shrubs. Either rocks or grass alone wouldn’t be bad, but the grass hides the rocks which makes the route more tedious than it otherwise would be. I wouldn’t quite call it a bushwhack, but I also was constantly scratching my legs on things. I also encountered 4 snakes hidden in the grass. Fortunately, I don’t believe any of them were rattlers, but it was hard to tell as they were all in a hurry to get away. When I got back to my car it was only 75F, but the hike felt warmer. I don’t think I’d want to be up there on a hot summer day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3905 ft / 1189 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3905 ft / 1189 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3192 ft / 972 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2479 ft / 755 m; Extra: 713 ft / 217m
    Loss on way in:713 ft / 217 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:West Ride
    Start Trailhead:Saddle  5175 ft / 1577 m
    Time:1 Hours 51 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3192 ft / 972 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2479 ft / 755 m; Extra: 713 ft / 217m
    Gain on way out:713 ft / 217 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:West Ride
    End Trailhead:Saddle  5175 ft / 1577 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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