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Ascent of South Mount Hawkins on 2017-11-29

Climber: Robert Luher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Mount Hawkins
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7783 ft / 2372 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in Crystal Lake Recreation Area near the north end, in the day use area adjacent to the trail head for Windy Gap Trail. Followed the maintained trail to the South Hawkins Road (3N07) and then along that road until reaching a hairpin turn about three miles from the trail head (at about 7120'). Ascended a drainage and steep slope for about 900 vertical feet. In hindsight, I wish I had not gone that way solo hiking, as the slope was somewhat loose. After many rest breaks, I finally reached the summit of Sadie Hawkins. Found and signed the register and then continued along the ridge toward South Hawkins. At the saddle/intersection of 3N07 and another dirt road found and followed the Hawkins Ridge Trail to the summit, savings some distance by not taking the dirt road. The summit had the remains of a prior lookout tower removed long ago. Searched for the register near the high point and eventually found it near the small radio tower installation in a rock pile. Signed the register and returned down the ridge trail to 3N07 and followed that to the Windy Gap Trail. The sun was setting about the time I reached the Windy Gap Trail, so enjoyed the beautiful sunset and then donned my headlamp to illuminate the way for the last mile to the parking lot.
Stats (elapsed):
Sadie Hawkins 1 hr 45 min
South Hawkins 2 hr 15 min
Parking Lot 3 hr 35 min
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2383 ft / 726 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2383 ft / 726 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1983 ft / 605 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route:Windy Gap Trail and 3N07
    Start Trailhead:Crystal Lake Rec Area  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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