Ascent of Sugg Peak on 2017-10-08

Climber: Nichole Sterioti

Others in Party:Ginger Partyka -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, October 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Sugg Peak
    Elevation:5243 ft / 1598 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a trip report for Oakzanita and Sugg Peak. We parked off of SR-79 right after the gate for East Mesa Fire Road. There is parking on what I would consider to be a paved shoulder area which is visible with Google Maps satellite view. The hike to Oakzanita Peak is easily done via a well-traveled trail. Really good views of numerous peaks at the top. We headed back down to the Upper Descanso Trail to the fire road. We left the trail to get on the jeep trail indicated on the topo map. You can actually still make out the remnants of the jeep trail if you look closely at the ground. It is very overgrown at this point, but it's there. We followed it as much as possible to the barbed wire fence and headed into national forest land. There are two barbed wire fence crossings. One is an obvious fence/gate. The other isn't really marked and we basically belly crawled under it. Eventually we found the triangle R48 sign which is the beginning of a red rock trail. The hike to the saddle of Sugg West and Sugg Peak is overgrown and doable. But the bushwhack to the top of Sugg takes time and...well, it sucks, no matter what. There weren't too many ducks for us to follow, but if you can basically follow the slabs of rock you will have points of respite. And you will need to scramble just a little bit.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Ascent Part of Trip: Oakzanita and Sugg (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Oakzanita Peak2017-10-08 
2Sugg Peak2017-10-08 

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