Ascent of Agua Tibia Mountain on 2017-10-21

Climber: Susie Kara

Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Agua Tibia Mountain
    Elevation:4779 ft / 1456 m

Ascent Trip Report

All day and into the night: 25+ mile loop to bag Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag.
We parked in the Dripping Springs day use area ($5 cash in envelope or adventure pass needed, unless you are able to snag one of the limited free spots). Walked through the campground to the trailhead. We took Dripping Springs trail (clear, not too steep), to the end of the trail and the junction with the Palomar Magee Trail (signed, at about mile 6.8). The Palomar Magee Trail is quite overgrown. The trees and bushes create a canopy that only allows 3-4 feet of vertical clearance. Additionally, there are many downed trees and tons of poison oak. Bring your machete! At the junction of Dripping Springs and Palomar Magee, turned left and traveled about 1 mile to cairns for the use trail up to the summit of Agua Tibia Mountain. The use trail is also overgrown, but it is short and pretty easy to follow. After summiting Agua Tibia, went back down to the Palomar Magee, turned left, and continued 2 miles down to Crosley Saddle. At Crosley Saddle, turned onto the Cutca Trail (signed) to push towards Eagle Crag. Hiked on the Cutca Trail for around 2.2 miles to cairns for use trail up to Eagle Crag. The ascent to Eagle Crag is difficult. It is very steep, with soft sand, tons of brush, downed trees, and poison oak. Use the gully. After Eagle Crag, scurried down the Cutca Trail to Crosley Saddle. Turned onto the Wild Horse Trail (signed and clear for the most part) and hiked down 10 miles in the dark back to the campground and parking area. This loop took about 16 hours to complete.
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