What do you think the hardest routes to a peak are in SoCal? I’ve been thinking about it, and will put together a list including ones I have and haven’t done, but I’m sure I’m missing some. One of the top ones I may be trying again this weekend. It’s always good to refresh one’s mind!
The hiker who was on Triplet Ridge for 4 days graciously contacted me and and wrote up a nice account of what happened.
when did you start? camp out on Twin peaks?
Your 4:30 am start had impeccable logic on its side, but my night-owl hours didn’t give me much time for sleep on that schedule; so I started later than I wanted to, getting to the trailhead at around 7 on Friday morning. East Twin makes a good warm-up, and then you get a great view of that masochists dream: a twisted mass of rock and trees and manzanitas that is the ridge to Triplet Rocks. But no, I didn’t start on Twin, since I wanted to do the full hike as a dayhike.
Well, at least a few people are reading this blog. We got word today that a hiker had gone missing Saturday while in the Twin Peaks / “3 rocks” area. Hmm… I would have to assume he saw the trip report below, since otherwise this “peak” is not well known.
He headed out late Friday night, seemingly camping on the summit of East Twin before attempting the route Saturday. He did not return Saturday night, so he must have hunkered down two nights before getting rescued. It seems he was well prepared and made the right decision to stay put when the weather turned worse. And based on the video he agrees that Triplet Ridge is BRUTAL. And you shouldn’t hike / climb this alone.
Scott, if you happen to read this blog, please leave a comment or contact me. (ze dot apelido at gmail). I’d love to get some more info, if you would be willing to share it.
Although we have some sortable tables with hikes, I’ve made some code which automatically generates a sortable table with whatever information I put in and /or add, so I’ve added this as a new page. It is updated with more hikes and more columns indicating region, average incline %, as well as an estimate of equivalent number of flat miles walked, which you could relate to total energy expenditure. Let me know what other columns you’d like to see.
Under the “Bag a Peak Map”, I’ve embedded a map from Everytrail that populates trailhead points for all the hikes I’ve uploaded. I don’t know how to zoom into California yet (I have had some hikes outside the country), but this may also be useful.
The SocalHikes Hikers are an eclectic mix individuals coming from differing locations across the country. I (John) am the only a Los Angeles native. As a group though, I suppose we can be considered "peak baggers" for the types of hikes we do. How we came to know each other was through an internet hiking group. Since meeting, we've gone on countless hikes, bagged many peaks, and have experienced nature to the fullest. And now we've teamed up to bring you our experiences and experience to you.
You can read our individual profiles in the About section.