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Jupiter Mountain Loop + Juno Peak

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” Nemann Buhl

Stats:

  • Run or Hike: Hike
  • Date: 10 June 2018
  • Distance: 4.16 Miles 
  • Difficulty: AllTrails says Hard
  • Elevation Gain: 1650 ft
  • Elapsed Time: 1:53:34
  • Max Elevation (Garmin): 4488 ft
  • Min Temp (Garmin): 68 F
  • Max Temp (Garmin): 86 F
  • Avg Temp (Garmin): 75.3 F

Parking Info:

13894 Spunky Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390.  There is a big dirt lot at the top of Spunky Canyon Rd

GPS Map of My Hike:

Quick Synopsis:

I opened AllTrails and searched the area for a hike to do within 30 minutes of home. I had ridden my road bicycle by the trailhead on Spunky Canyon Road what feels like a million times so I decided on the Jupiter Mtn loop.  I got to the parking location around 6:45 AM, collected my gear, and got on my way.  I did a lap or two to get used to walking around with my new camera around my neck and started up the super steep trail to Jupiter Peak.  A lot of it was washed out, and with the intense grade and my lack of fitness, it was slow going.  

Based on my research the “goal” was to hit the peak on the far west side of my hike in the picture above…which, it turns out, is the lower of the two peaks on this hike, so when I crossed over Jupiter I barely spent any time there.  Only later did i realize that Google had mis-marked Juno as Jupiter.  I really should have spent a few more minutes reading the details on AllTrails.

After flying right over Jupiter, descending the other side, crossing the saddle, and making my way up the next peak, I spent a few minutes on top of Juno, went back to the saddle and made my way down the mountain and back to the car completing the loop.  While Jupiter is technically the higher peak, i found the perspective off Juno to be a little more pronounced.  The views of Bouquet Reservoir and Green Valley were spectacular as visibility was pretty clear.  But the real highlights were the spring flowers and shrubs still being in bloom.

A Few Photos:

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