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Ascent of Little Pine Mountain Benchmark on 2018-06-18

Climber: Valerie Norton

Date:Monday, June 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Pine Mountain Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

First day, I hiked out to Santa Cruz Station via the road. Second day was the tough on road bushwhack that is the Santa Cruz Peak Fire Trail and on up to Santa Cruz Peak. Third day, hike out of the station via Santa Cruz Trail. This trail has suffered significantly where the Rey Fire got it/above it and the last mile was only, maybe, half there. And it follows a long a very steep slope. I thought I might head down the trail the rest of the way after tagging Little Pine, but after that, I was pretty done with that trail. Looking down from the saddle, I could see many slides across the trail and none of them showed a line from others pushing through the scary bits. The trail really did not look promising. Hiking back along the road was made extra long because First Crossing is closed and I had to hike 2 extra miles to parking on the road.

Details and pictures here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2799 ft / 852 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3759 ft / 1145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Bivouac
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2649 ft / 807 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2499 ft / 762 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Santa Cruz Trail
    Start Trailhead:Santa Cruz Station  1960 ft / 597 m
    Time:1 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3609 ft / 1100 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3459 ft / 1055 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:roads
    End Trailhead:Rancho Oso  1000 ft / 304 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Santa Cruz Station

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Santa Cruz Peak2018-06-178900 ft / 2713 m
2Little Pine Mountain Benchmark2018-06-182799 ft / 853 m
Total Trip Gain: 11699 ft / 3566 m    Total Trip Loss: 11699 ft / 3566 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Valerie Norton
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