Dripping Springs Trail Trip Logs

See the writeups that go along with these logs.

Trip Log for 12 September 1999

No.MileageTime arrivedTime leftAltitudeComments
00.0010:23 1550Trailhead Parking. 84°
10.5010:35 1600Enter Wilderness Area
21.7511:1011:192150First small shade. 85°
33.7312:18 3000Cross the drainage behind first "skyline summit"
44.1812:3412:473250Finally, more shade, with a log to sit on! The previous south slope was very hot. Now 91°
55.001:20 3700 
65.101:28 3750Crest of the final ridge before Agua Tibia.
75.751:442:273700Lunch and turnaround due to heat. 90° A few black flies here.
87.373:16 3300=4
97.453:203:373300Shade, no seat. 90°
107.803:47 3100=3
118.754:10 280089°
129.254:274:442400Rest in shade. 88°
1310.505:15 1850Upper end of rock vandalism.
1411.275:41 1650Car

Trip Log for 25 November 1999

No.MileageTime arrivedTime leftAltitudeComments
00.0010:17 1220Trailhead parking lot
10.4210:29 1220Trailhead
20.5310:33 1400Jct. Wildhorse Trail. 70°
31.8511:15 2100Begin switchbacks up first ridge
42.7011:45 2450Achieved first ridge
53.4812:08 2900Streambed on second ridge. 1.0 liter. 68°. Began pruning
63.7712:24 3020End pruning
74.7512:58 3625West side of final ridge. Turnaround.
84.851:051:253600Lunch. 1.4 liters / 1.75 liters. 61°! Started pruning again.
95.001:45 3600End pruning
105.962:09 3150Jct. blocked-off trail to west.
116.202:16 3000Streambed
127.752:55 2100End switchbacks. (=3)
138.753:183:251700Snack
149.233:36 1500Trailhead
159.503:44 1450Car. 2.1 liters.

Trip Log for 9 December 1999

No.MileageTime arrivedTime leftAltitudeComments
00.009:19 1250Car.
10.409:279:381250Trailhead. Traced trail from display there.
21.009:53 1625On first minor ridge. 60° on ridge; 64° on south-facing slope. A low plateau seen to right of Santa Anas, either Chino Hills or San Jose Hills.
33.5011:00 2975Stream crossing past first ridge. 0.55 liters. 59°.
44.7511:39 3600Crest of second ridge. 1.0 liters. 58°.
55.0011:47 3600Jct. little trail to right. One "tick fly", easily killed.
66.7012:42 4300Lost trail in forest after walking ~0.1 mile extra.
76.7512:44 4300Made it! Sign: "Eagle Crag (left), Dripping Springs (back)" Left.
87.321:08 4525Turnaround after slow-going on "road". Climbed over ~6 big trees. Only one glimpse of the fallbrook area so far!
97.751:251:364400Fallbrook overlook. Begin pruning. 1.25 liters. 54°.
108.001:42 4300Jct. Dripping Springs Trail. Right.
119.702:44 3750Jct. little side trail. End pruning.
129.802:503:023800Lunch spot from previous trip. Drank coke. 1.65 liters. 51°.
13    Yucca dropping seeds.
1410.753:25 3350Offending stump that felled me in February. High Point and 200" visible from here.
1511.053:34 3150Stream crossing
1611.703:52 290054°
1714.504:58 1600Trailhead.
1814.805:11 1575Car. Sign: "Dripping Springs Trail 6.8 miles, 2760' change in elevation.
Wild Horse Trail 7.0 miles, 1,060' + 2.5 miles, 1,250' to Cutca Trail.
Palomar - McGee Truck Trail 2.8 miles, 450'.
Cutca Trail 3.5 miles, 370'."


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