San Gabriel Peak, Mount Disappointment, Mount Deception
By: Bridget O'Sullivan
Leaders: Don Lum, Bridget O'Sullivan
Unprecedented late-season storms closed the road to Mount Pacifico, Round Top and Granite Mountain #1. Therefore, last minute scrambling resulted in a change to Mounts San Gabriel, Disappointment, and Deception. At the morning meeting, surprisingly, the substitute peaks were well-accepted, and twenty five hikers took off from the saddle. Starting out at 9:00AM, we were all but blown up to the top of San Gabriel by a fierce wind. The view was worth the extra effort, as I have never seen it as clear. Off to Mount Disappointment and then lunch on top of Deception, where we met up with Sam Fink who, as usual, charmed many of the women with his tales and gave out his personal "pennies". Seven of the hikers were on their first HPS trip and were quite happy to bag three easy but enjoyable peaks. Special thanks to my Co-Leader, Don Lum, who always remains unflappable and good humored regardless of last-minute changes.
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