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Volcan Mountain Peak

Peak Summited2020 Volcan Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadVolcan Mountain TH
EncounteredFall foliage
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Did you know Volcan Mountain was on the short list for the Hale Telescope, but the prize went to Palomar Mountain? I didn't until I stopped by the chimney on the way down and read the sign. The chimney is all that remains from an outpost built to evaluate weather conditions. I like Palomar and its telescopes, so this nugget of info made my day. Otherwise, the hike is so-so, with the actual peak and marker on a rock camouflaged under a tree (walk behind the picnic table). Oh, and it was a chilly morning, still only 39F at 10:30 AM according to the thermometer by the Birds of Prey sign by the signal tower.

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