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Hiking Stats as of 11/14/2018
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 325
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet

Nov 27, 2015 - Rocky Hill

 

Partners: (None)

Distance: 5.28 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,406 feet

Trip Time: 1:58

Maps and Stats:
Kyle and I were in Porterville, visiting our Dad for Thanksgiving. I am an early riser, and among our group at the house, by a couple of hours it would seem. I decided to take advantage of this by heading out at 6:30 for an early morning hike on Black Friday before everyone else awoke.

I selected Rocky Hill, a peak with no logged ascents in Peakbagger or Lists of John, despite having over 1,000 feet of prominence. In my research I found a Youtube video of someone hiking along the upper portions of the peak on a trail, which made me think there must be a trailhead somewhere nearby. But I failed to find any beta online, so I just decided to park at the closest accessible point and just cross-country the peak. I parked at Granite Hills High (after first attempting to drive further on the access road up to a water tank, but not feeling comfortable that this was permitted) and walked up an access road. I went by a water tank, coming up to where the road became gated. From there I started cross country, heading up a rocky (naturally) hillside, looking for a series of jeep trails that I could see on the satellite view in the Peakbagger app that I use. I had little trouble finding the jeep road, and was able to make a few connections to keep myself on trail all the way up to the ridgeline. Once at the ridgeline I could see antennas on the lower summit to the north, and decided it was worthwhile to first visit that before bagging the official summit to the south of where I was. It took a few minutes to get over to the lower summit with the equipment, and I was disappointed to see it covered in gang graffiti. I spent little time in the area, taking a few pictures of some good views before backtracking and going to the true, south summit.

The views from the summit were blocked in most directions by trees, although fine views were found between the gaps. I knew I had to get back to my Dad's house, and with my side visit to the gangland north summit, I was running out of time. I hurried down the hill and back to the car for a 2 hour round trip hike, about 5 miles and 1500 feet of gain on the early morning excursion.

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