Ascent of Agua Tibia Mountain on 2018-02-24

Climber: Jeff Smith

Date:Saturday, February 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Agua Tibia Mountain
    Elevation:4779 ft / 1456 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up Dripping Springs trail which eventually turned into the Palomar Magee trail. The Magee trail had mildly annoying overgrown sections which required ducking and a number of downed trees that had to be climbed over. Overall this section was easier than expected - easy to follow and no real bushwhacking required. The left turn to the Agua Tibia summit is marked by stones whereas the Magee trail continues straight and is marked by a blue and white ribbon. The use trail to the summit was in pretty good shape and the summit boulders were fun to climb. Continuing on the Magee trail to Crosley Saddle was more of the same but we saw some poison oak on the sides of the trail in this section, seemed avoidable. The Cutca trail from the saddle towards Eagle Crag was in good shape. After passing a few gullies and going a little further than you might think the correct ascent gully is encountered and is marked by cairns. A faint use trail marked with ribbons leads up the right side of the gully. As you near the top the trail the ribbons disappear so turn right and navigate low lying chaparral to the summit – we were able to weave a path with no bushwhacking. We didn't encounter any poodle dog bush. We returned to the Crosley saddle and descended the Wild Horse trail. The first section was really nice with a steady descent through beautiful oak trees. Once the trail crosses the dirt road things change. You start going up and down small canyons and at times it seems the trail goes in every direction but the one you want it to. Eventually you hit the junction with the Dripping Springs trail and walk the last 0.5 miles through the campground to the day use parking.

Notes on elevation gain: my garmin gps stats listed 25.95 miles and 8000 ft of elevation gain. This was with taking a data point every second (so 41k points, reduced to under 3k to post the track here). When I put this gpx file into Caltopo it shows 5200 ft of gain. However, due to the undulating nature of this hike, especially the last portion of the Wild Horse trail, I think this underestimated. If I segment the gpx track to get the elevation sampling interval close to 100ft, Caltopo gives me 7800 ft of gain.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Agua Tibia Mountain2018-02-24 
2Eagle Crag2018-02-24 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeff Smith
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