Peak Name: Middle Peak
Distance: 5.8 miles
Date: July 5, 2019
Summit: 5,883 feet
Having summited Stonewall Peak earlier one the day, I set out for Middle Peak. The trailhead is 5 minutes north of Stonewall Peak, so it was a perfect choice as a twofer.
As I parked, quite a few horse trailers were parked nearby. I reapplied my sunscreen and headed along the Milk Ranch road until the turnoff to Middle Peak. For most of the ascent, it follows a slightly rocky fire road, but you are rewarded with great views of Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Peak and so much more.
Near the summit, I began looking for the cairn that denotes the start of the use trail to the actual summit. My first attempt was only partially successful, as I only made it partway through the brush.
This time the trail was better marked, as I picked my way through the brush. I did encounter a beehive along the route but was able to bypass it without issue. The trail at times was hard to see, so a little faith was needed. It was an adventure to the summit, but soon the summit revealed itself. A register was tucked under some rocks. I signed in, took my photos and enjoyed a snack.
I was worried about finding the route back down but had no trouble. I even found those bees again 😉 A light breeze helped cool me off as I descended. A slight bruise on my foot was bothering me some. I will have to see how it feels tomorrow and what I attempt. I did encounter one other hiker just as I was nearing the junction.
It felt good to have done two modest peaks in a day. This was my 47th summit and having actually reached it this time made it extra rewarding.