Ascent of Agua Tibia Mountain on 2018-01-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, January 14, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Agua Tibia Mountain|
| Elevation:||4779 ft / 1456 m|
Ascent Trip ReportReport modified. Since writing the following, I have been informed that Kelly has been clearing a lot of brush on this trail. Subsequent reports indicate the trail is in much better shape thanks to her. It'll grow back, so get this one while it's good.
The Dripping Springs Trail came to my attention in Stienstra & Brown's book California Hiking. It is indeed a great trail. It's mostly like a railroad grade, but slightly steeper, and well-cleared of brush; rarely level or steeper. Great for setting an aerobic pace.
But it all changes after the sign that you're now on the Palomar-Magee Trail. This is a good place to don your bushwhacking gear. Thanks to Leroy's report, I came prepared. Despite being too warm, I wore a long-sleeve rip-proof shirt, light gloves, a cap to deflect branches, and sunglasses (in the shade) for eye protection. Hobbits would love this trail. But if you're taller than 4'6", be prepared to walk hunched over, and 6'ers add bent knees. Other places it was all across, and the best way was to raise my forearms across my face, and "rope-a-dope" through. But having a good trail below the brush still made it a lot easier than an off-trail bushwhack. These 40 minutes went by quick. As you're ducking through the brush, look for a fallen cairn on the left marking the start of the use trail. Starts really bad, but most of it gets better.
Surprisingly, there's a 25x25' dirt clearing near the top, making a nice campsite. And the finish is a nice class 3 scramble up a 14' monolith. So you get a good look around, from San Diego to off-shore islands to San Gorgonio.
With the techniques down, it only took 25 minutes from the top to the clear trail.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3722 ft / 1134 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3722 ft / 1134 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||16 mi / 25.8 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||thick ci; viz 75mi; lgt wind; warm|
| Gain on way in:||3462 ft / 1055 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3202 ft / 976 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m|
| Loss on way in:||260 ft / 79 m|
| Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Route:||Dripping Spgs Tr; Palomar-Magee Tr; use trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Dripping Springs lot 1577 ft / 480 m|
| Time:||4 Hours 9 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3462 ft / 1055 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3202 ft / 976 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m|
| Gain on way out:||260 ft / 79 m|
| Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| End Trailhead:||Dripping Springs lot 1577 ft / 480 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 5 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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