Another surprise today. This hike was much harder than I thought it would be... very hard. The plan was to do an easy hike up to W6/SC-445 - 1715, located near the Pala casino north of Escondido, CA, about 40 minutes from my house. The satellite recon showed a road all the way up to it and I didn’t pay attention to the story the topo was telling me. If there is a road, then it can’t be too difficult since they need to get trucks up there right?. WOW, was I wrong. It was about as steep as the final climb up to Laguna Benchmark SOTA that Mike and I did a couple of weeks ago but longer. It was very steep starting 100 feet from the car and the first climb was about .8 miles. There were two more very steep sections. The road hasn’t been used in ages.
This was a mandatory hiking pole climb. With about 32 lbs of gear and water on my back, I would have had turned around without poles. For the hike down, I would have fallen on my butt a few times on the steep loose dirt.