Peak 4159

So, Peak 4159…

This was the third peak that I was hitting that day. It was another short off-trail summit. The peak was not too far from the turn out that I used for Oak Benchmark. I reached the summit without incident. The views were meh, not that different from Oak Benchmark’s views toward Julian. A few months later when I hiking with Derek, he asked me what my least favorite hike was so far, and Peak 4159 was it.

But that is not the rest of the story. If you look at the official list, you will no longer see this peak listed, this is due to a dangerous property dispute. I catalog it here only for completeness.

I had planned to try to squeeze in one more summit but did not want to be late for The Last Jedi so Ant Benchmark would have to wait…


I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest. 

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