Leader: Bruce Collier
Assts.: Lu and Bernie Petitjean
Saturday morning brought out 24 early risers to hike up the "Wilshire Blvd," trail to the summit of Stonewall Peak. A rapid descent gave those wanting a chance to warm up an opportunity to do so. The number had increased to 35 when we left on the long road to Oakzanita Peak, a 4 mile ascent through oak-filled valleys and meadows. We were fortunate to have many sections where the ceanothus were blooming with beautiful blue flowers. The wind was present when we reached the summit and the usual fine view was obscured by low clouds. Following a hasty lunch we returned to the cars and stopped for an educational visit at the Indian Museum and exhibit.
The weather continued its happening, so that despite our sheltered campground, an early turn-in was the rule. Breakfast was a combination of gourmet choices, including steaks and a herring omelet - really!
A little brush battle began our climb of Middle Peak but we soon were on the road and reached the summit by 10:20 where 31 signed in while the weather rapidly deteriorated.
The pace quickened as we headed toward the Cherry Flat trail to Cuyamaca Peak. The route had not been cleared and much exploring was needed to follow the flags to the lookout. Temperature on the top was 31 degrees and wind estimated at 20-30 miles per hour. It was cold!
This made the 25th peak by Joanna Schull, age 10 months, who didn't enjoy the cold wind and chose to observe the occasion by staying under a blanket on father Bob's back-mounted gerry carrier.
All were back to camp by 3:00 P.M. and headed toward the Manzanita Ranch for their cider and preserves. Many of the H.P.S. members had never been in the area previously, but agreed it had much to offer and looked forward to our return in the late fall for more peak bagging.