Harbinger Road Hill Trip Report
unnamed hill immediately adjacent to I-8 (1,958 ft)
Every time I drove west on Interstate 8 just past Alpine I saw this hill
sitting straight in front of me - with a jeep road zigzagging its way to
the top along the east face.
The opportunity to climb this unnamed hill came when I was slated to fly
with Edward Earl at 9 AM on Sunday February 9, 2002 for a reconaissance
of Pine Mtn near Ramona as part of the planning for a future hike.
You see, I wanted a short-duration ascent so as to finish
with allowance made for returning to Montgomery Field by the appointed time.
I arrived at the base around 5:45 AM just as first light was visible on
the eastern horizon. Too dark to find the winding road, I began my hike
at 6:03 AM and walked the paved road at the hill's base back-and-forth
without success in finding a route that took me to the jeep road and yet
did not require trespassing through somebody's property.
Thereby I simply headed up the slope in a straight line, noting that by
simply geometry my route necessarily would intersect the jeep road at
some point beyond where property access was a concern.
Having found the jeep road by this means, I continued up it until within
some 150 horizontal feet of the summit ridge - whence a trivial walk
to each of three boulders each being a contender for the tippy top.
Enjoyed the sunrise from my perch at 6:45 AM - with the interstate freeway
due east and seemingly running into my location were it not for taking a
sharp turn to the northwest so as to skirt around the hill.
Beautiful morning light. Spied a dirt road leading from the north to a
1,000+ ft prominence located perhaps a mile or two to the southwest. The road
leads to the very top and would appear to be the ideal approach for a
future ascent of said mountain.
Returned to car within 20 minutes of leaving the summit.
Later that morning Edward Earl and myself encounterd severe clear air
turbulence while encircling (3 X) Pine Mountain for a future attempt.
I took notes while Edward flew. It was an unsettling experience since the
wind was in control of our plane rather than us.