I had driven to Southern California to do a hike with Barbara Lilley and a few
friends the day before, and then some additional summits by myself
afterwards. I'd camped in the area that night, and was up early to do a few
more peaks before heading back to San Jose.
I had camped atop this summit, so this was just some stat padding
to claim a second ascent the next day. I wandered over to the summit rock and
climbed it well before sunrise.
I had noticed the previous evening that there
is a summit of near-equal height only 1/3mi to the west. It has a spot elevation
of 2,739ft, only a foot lower than the LoJ contour averaged elevation of the
one I was parked on, the two connected by a high saddle. Knowing this was well
within the margin of error, I decided I should visit both, to be sure which was
the higher summit. I drove between the two, parking below the second on
north side where the road comes closest, then hiked steeply up the slope
to the top. The GPSr recorded an identical elevation, so they should
climbed in conjunction to cover your bases. The western one was a more
interesting summit anyway, with a rocky top that has a bit of class 3 if you
look for it.
This summit lies on the north side of SR14 and the Sierra Pelona Valley, within
the Angeles NF, though mostly surrounded by rural homes. My route from the east
goes through property owned by LADWP and signed for no trespassing. A
better but longer route would come from the west, via the PCT which comes
within a mile of the
summit on that side - all legal, too. Wish I'd figured that out beforehand.
Anyway, it's an easy summit from any direction, mostly grass-covered
and open to cattle grazing. Nice views from the top.
I was a bit concerned about access to this one on the south side of the freeway
and Soledad Canyon. I shouldn't have been, because there is a very legal route
from the southeast off Aliso Canyon Rd. Instead, I took the shorter route from
the north where some rural homesteads are found, which also worked
without issues. I parked off Cedarcroft Rd before the last handful of
homes along the road. There were some barking dogs, but that's about it. No
fences, no signs. The cross-country route is steep but not brushy, and
it took only 20min to reach the top, again nice views. I left
a register here before returning the same way.
I drove back out to Antelope Valley on my way home, stopping at this small hill
west of SR14, between Palmdale and Lancaster. As others have noted, there is
a home at the summit, part of a gated community called the Los Hermanos Estates.
The closest driving access is from the south via 40th St. West, which
leads to a set of water tanks surrounded by fencing to the west of the summit.
I drove a spur off this road to the south side of the summit where
a locked gate leads to a clearing used to store gravel and
other roadway materials. The gate could be scaled with some effort, but I found
a convenient hole already cut in the fence. This allowed me to walk up
to the edge of the home's property at its highest point -
pretty much right at the front door. I stayed out of the property, but
didn't hang around to wait for the police to show up. I was done before 9:45a
with about 5hrs of driving remaining to get me home...