The second peak of the day was also going to be the longest hike at just under 3 miles round trip. I pulled into the parking area right off the S2. Switching from the warmer gear into something cooler, I set off across the desert floor. I was curious to see what this hike felt like versus the other time I did it.
Once across the wash, I picked a ridge and began climbing. The route is mostly free of cactus and with almost no navigational issues. I soon found myself making the final push to the summit plateau. I could tell the difference in my skills and legs as I made my way to the southern end of the plateau where I remembered the register is placed.
After signing it and grabbing my photos, I headed back down. I was very tempted to drop all the way down and return via the wash but felt since I was racing the clock, I should not go exploring. Next time…
The descent took a little care, as there were a lot of loose rocks to contend with. Once back at the car, peak #92 was complete. Mine Benchmark, the next peak was just a few minutes up the road.
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.