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We found the trailhead off Mission Gorge Road northeast of the summit next to a residential area, providing access to both the peak and nearby Mission Dam and Flume Historic Site. Starting off on the paved road closed to vehicle traffic, we turned left at the first opportunity to take a sometimes muddy trail up towards the summit. Steep and slippery in places, Jackie was able to negotiate the trail with finesse unlike Dad who managed to slip a few times and land on his butt. The highpoint of the summit was hard to discern once we reached the top, as it is fairly flat with a handful of slight bumps vying for the privilege. We hit one after another until we came to one with a good rock for sitting and having a snack we'd brought with us. The views were dismal this day due to cloud cover in all directions, and our stay was short as we did not want to press our luck too much. We were happy to have the rain showers break for most of our outing, starting up again when we were a few hundred feet from the trailhead. I noted nearby Pyles Peak and Fortuna Mtn that I might also have climbed had I been by myself, but these could always be saved for the next year when Jackie might once again patronize her father and join him for a hike.
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Kwaay Paay Peak
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