Category Archives: Peaks

Climbing El Sombroso and Bald Mountain

Road zig zagging up to the top which is the high point at the upper left of the photo

Road zig zagging up to the top which is the high point at the upper left of the photo

Type of hike: Out and Back

Difficulty: 6 – Route is entirely on old road, but steep in places

Trail grade: A bit of a climb at first followed by about a 700 foot decent down to where the Baldwin Trail joins the Woods Trail.  After crossing  Rincon Creek and Guadalupe Creek, the trail climbs from about 1700 feet to 3000 feet at the top of El Sombroso.

Trail use: A few people… more when we joined up with Woods Trail

Highest elevation: ~3,008 at top of El Sombroso.  We parked at 2,328′.

Total climbing: 2,603′ but that included climbing a hundred feet or so to get up Bald Mountain.

Round trip distance: 12.1 miles including 1.4 miles round trip to Bald Mountain

How long: About 4 hrs 30 minutes

Quality of views: Pretty awesome… gotta be at least a 9.  The top of El Sombroso was disappointing though.  Hard to see anything because of all the brush.  But there were places where there were views of the entire Bay Area … and then there are almost constant views of Mt. Umunhum.

Weather conditions when we did it: Sunny, 70 degrees-ish, mostly clear ‘cept for some haze

Red tape: None

Maps we used: Internet, Google Earth, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve

Water: None – bring what you need.  There are a couple creek crossings so I guess you could pump and filter if you wanted

Restrooms: At parking lot.  Restroom was wonderfully clean

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Parking: In a lovely parking lot off Mt. Umunhum Road

How to get there:  Starting at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 85, go south on 85 for about 2.5 miles and exit onto Camden Avenue and turn south (towards the mountains).  Go down Camden for about 2 miles and then turn right on Hicks Rd.  Follow Hicks Rd for about 7 miles, passing Guadalupe Reservoir, and up a large hill until you reach the Hicks and Mt Umunhum intersection.  Continue driving about 1.3 miles until a gate bars any more vehicular access up the road. Park here.

Now for a few of the details…

Select this link to go to lotsa pictures

This was an outing with Donna’s hiking group.  This included Joan, Anita, Judy, Tai, and Chris.  We all piled into the van for the trip to the trail head.

From the parking lot at the trailhead we decided to knock out Bald Mountain first so with lively legs we went the 0.7 miles over to the view point.  From there we had a lovely view of Guadalupe and Almaden Reservoirs.

After this short warm up, it was time to get started.

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This hike was a bit different from most of the hikes we’ve done in that it was entirely on road.  So for the most part we just walked and talked our way to the top of El Sombrosa.  There was quite a bit of walking though… so lotsa time for talking.  However, besides being long, the road was steep in places.  And of course all the heavy breathing had an impact on a the talking.

Anyway, we eventually arrived at the top.  Kinda weird top though.  Power lines ran right over the peak.  That and the fact that we had never left the road took some of the adventure out of the outing.  But the views were stunning.  And we were in good company.

We stopped for lunch at a road intersection near the top….  Checked out the views for a while… And then headed back the way we came.  On our way down, since we were now facing that way, it was very noticeable that we could see the van off in the distance, parked at the Bald Mountain parking lot.

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And all the while the cube at the top of Mt. Umunhum sat brooding above us.  The trail basically wraps around the eastern side of Mt. Umunhum so the cube was almost always visible.

It was a very pleasant outing.

Hike – Boronda Ridge Loop

 

First – Nuthin’ but the facts…

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Zoomed out to show that this hike is about 30 miles south of the Monterey Penninsula

Type of hike: Loop
Difficulty: 9 – I suppose it could be harder somehow
Trail grade: Boronda is say a 7 until Timber Top – dirt road for 2 miles  – then de Angulo Trail is say a 3 – 4.  Overgrown with treefall – described below.  We felt extremely lucky that there actually WAS a trail though.  Thank you Jimmy and Kim Chi for resurrecting it.
Trail use: Hardly anyone on the trail – We saw people but it was Easter weekend.
Highest elevation: ~3,263 at top of de Angulo.  Timber Top is 3,060.  Highway 1, where we parked, is about 580′
Total climbing: 3152′
Round trip distance: 10.6 miles (1.4 along Hwy 1 to Boronda TH, 3.0 to Timber Top, 2.2 along Coast Ridge Road and 3.3 down de Angulo plus a little bit)
How long: About 4 hrs 40 minutes not including time eating lunch at Timber Top
Quality of views: Pretty astounding… gotta be a 10.  If it’s not a 10, what could a ten possibly be?

Weather conditions when we did it: Sunny, 70 degrees-ish, mostly clear ‘cept for some sea haze and fog in the distance
Red tape: Absolutely none
Maps we used: Green Trails Big Sur Ventana Wilderness but mostly Robert Stone’s book Big Sur
Water: None – bring what you need
Restrooms: None
Parking: Only parking is on the side of Hwy 1 in turnouts

How to get there:
From Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 through Carmel.   Proceed down the coast another 27 miles to the Big Sur Ranger Station.  From there, go another 5.3 miles where you’ll find turnouts.  This is the Boronda Trail trail head.  The trailhead is behind a green gate on the inland side of the road.  There is also a cattle chute and some signage plainly visible.

Another 1.45 miles down further south are another set of turnouts, and another green gate to a road.  This road goes into a ramshackle neighborhood.  If you park here (this is where we parked), park along the highway outside the gate.  This is where we came out from the de Angulo Trail.

Now for the details…   Additional pictures

Donna and I have been trying to do more in the Big Sur area.  And as I’ve said elsewhere, we like to hike loops.  Well actually, I prefer loops and Donna humors me.  She does lots of ‘out and backs’ when she’s out with other folks and doesn’t have to deal with my nonsense.  Anyway… this is a loop.  Kind of a tough loop but still a loop.

Our overall plan was to park at the base of the de Angulo Trail, then walk along Hwy 1 until we reached the Boronda Trail trailhead.  From there we’d climb Boronda, have lunch at Timber Top camp.  Then make our way south along the Coast Ridge Road until reaching the top of the de Angulo Trail.  From there we descend back to the car via de Angulo for a total of about 10 miles (10.6 by GPS).

We chose to park at the base of the de Angulo Trail cuz we wanted to use the easy beginning of walking along the highway as a warm up before doing the climb.  We also rightfully predicted that we’d be pretty hammered from the hike that all we’d want to do at the end of the de Angulo Trail was climb into the nice comfy car without having to endure an additional 1.5 mile walk in traffic on Hwy 1 to get back to the car.  Turns out this was some good thinking.

So off we went.  After walking the on and a half miles along the highway to get to the base of Boronda, we started the climb.

The climb is pretty steady, relentless really.  For the most part the trail is an old ranch road that was clearly used for transporting farm animals back in the day.  The grade ranges from flat to more than 30% (by GPS).  The views are constant and get more and more stunning as you go up.  Sooner than you’d expect,  you notice the sound of the highway has completely disappeared.  There’s just the wind, which seemed to build as we got higher.  Of course this could also have been because the wind just got stronger as the day wore on.

The 2,500 foot climb up to Timber Top covers almost exactly 3.0 miles (for an average grade of about 16%).  We did this in late March and the grass was so green that it almost hurt to look at it.  The wildflowers were everywhere, and thick.  Everything was lush.  So we had plenty to distract us from our suffering as we trudged upward.  Donna was in heaven with all the blooming wildflowers.  Her borderline rapture  She took lotsa pictures so she could identify them later when we got home.  This was good for me cuz with all the picture taking, I was managing to keep up with her.  I just kept walking as she took pictures of the flowers that we passed.  The flowers were really pretty amazing though.  Even a cretin like me couldn’t help but be amazed.

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One thing about this climb that makes it special…  After about say 1000 feet of climbing up this bluff…

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…the trail then goes along this long, grassy ‘arm’ or bluff almost all the rest of the way to the top.  It’s very unusual and only adds to the wonder of it all.  And of course it was especially amazing because everything was so incredibly green.  I’m a little troubled cuz the photos here just didn’t capture the deep green that we could see with our eyes.  I guess it may be time for a little Photoshopping.

Eventually we arrived at Timber Top.  Not sure what the history of this camp is but if I find out, I’ll update this blog post accordingly.  Crazy as it seemed, there was zero flat ground anywhere for the entire two hours of our climb, but suddenly here was a very pleasant place to camp.  Only problem was that you gotta climb 2500 feet with a pack on to get to it.  Timber Top is at 3060 feet… and yes it really is true, I do keep carrying on about the elevation.  But if you had climbed all the way up there, I’m betting you would mention it once or twice too.  My body got a pretty good reminder that 2500 feet of climbing is non-trivial.  Anyway, the camp has a picnic table, a barbecue stand (stove in the parlance of the Ventana Wilderness), a fire pit, and even some nasty water… but most importantly, lots of luxurious flat ground.  And of course the views continued to be absolutely astounding.

We ate lunch and rested a bit.   Then we were off onto the Coast Ridge Road to get over to the de Angulo Trail.  You’d think that finding the road would be easy… but it wasn’t.  We were a bit tired from the climb so we were trying to minimize our walking to find the road.  Our search grid wasn’t very big.   I could go into why it was a puzzle but that would likely be tiresome to read.  I’ll just say that at last we figured out where it was so we could start walking (hobbling… I was getting tired and my foot hurt) to the next trail head.  Previously, I had fantasized that the road would offer astounding views of the coastline.  After all it is on a ridge top overlooking the Big Sur coastline.   However on the section we walked, it does not.  It’s tucked into the ridge on the inland side of the ridge, not on the ocean side.  We did however have an amazing view of the northern most mountains of Ventana Wilderness area.

Now that we were on the road…

…the goin’ was pretty easy.   Since it was our first time on this route, our biggest concern was finding the top of the DeAngulo Trail so we could get back to the car.  We didn’t want to just walk by it on the road, so no matter how miserable I was feeling, I had to stay ‘heads up’.   From the Robert Stone book, we were expecting to walk say 1.8 miles.  We got to 1.8 miles from Timber Top, and no de Angulo Trail… Robert Stone had been spot on with his mileage notes so far so I was starting to worry a little.  We didn’t see anything though so we kept walking… Of course we eventually came upon it in logically the right location.  Just a bit further than 1.8 miles.

The descent down the de Angulo was horrific.  A combination of factors made it pretty unpleasant.  First my foot was bothering me, and we were tired.  The descent was pretty steep and steep descents aren’t any fun.  I knew Donna wasn’t feeling much better.  Neither of these factors helped…  The descent was steep and went on for 2,500 feet with an average 15% grade.  But sometimes there was a  little uphill only to be countered by a stretch of 20 – 35% grade.  Tough on the ole quads… I was losing my sense of humor.

But the views continued to be phenomenal, even though I was getting to be too uncomfortable to properly enjoy them.

On the way down we ran into this guy doing trail work… His name was/is Jimmy.  He told us that he and his wife had pretty much single handedly brought the trail back from the dead after it was nearly destroyed in one of the Big Sur fires.  They had scratched it back out of the side of the hills all to honor the legacy of Jaime de Angulo, a local legend (Jaime de Angulo wiki).   After coming off Boronda, and then the Coast Ridge Road, this trail seemed pretty rough though, and of course I was sniveling.  However it soon became clear that there were some genuine heroics behind the maintenance of this trail.  It was obvious that it literally had been clawed back from the dead after the fires.  So now I want to say a big THANK YOU to Jimmy and his wife, Kim Chi for doing all this for us.  I wish I had gotten a picture of Jimmy but when we talking I just didn’t think of it.

Now then… not gonna lie, the trail WAS overgrown… in places with poison oak… and it was the juiciest poison oak that you’ve ever seen.  The leaves just glistened.  Oy!  AND… there were LOTS of ticks… I’d never had so many ticks on me.  Donna and I were flickin’ em off each other right and left.  It was like there was a tick hatchery nearby just spewing em out.   I’m sure this isn’t a permanent situation… but it was a real concern.

We met another guy along the trail… Richard.

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He was on his way up the road to fetch some sheep he had left to graze up higher…

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Room with a view

Richard was very friendly and pleasant to chat with.  He told us more than we could absorb about the local history.  Finally, Richard had to tend to the sheep and we had to get a move on back to our car so we parted company.  We still had about a half mile to go down the hill… ouch!

And then we were back at the road.  Getting back to the car felt unbelievably good,  and that was only to be exceeded by how good the shower felt when we got home.

Additional pictures

 

Buzzard’s Roost on a Rainy Day

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First – Nuthin’ but the facts…

Type of hike: Out and back
Difficulty: 6 – (climbing but well graded on nice trail and relatively short)
Trail grade: 9 ‘cept for near the top… becomes say a 5 with a little bouldering
Trail use: Hardly anyone on the trail but it was raining
Highest elevation: ~2150  (starts at 1000′)
Total climbing: 1238′
Round trip distance: 4.4 miles
How long: About 2 1/2 hours including time at the top
Quality of views: Cloudy… no view but I’m sure it’s awesome

Weather conditions when we did it: Rainy, windy,
Red tape: $10 State Park Day Use pass unless you have one of these cool passes
Maps we used: Green Trails and State Park Map
Water: Bring what you need
Restrooms: Bathrooms at park headquarters
Parking: Yes – however on a normal day, Big Basin is very crowded so go early.  After lots are full, you will have to wait until someone leaves.

How to get there:
From Santa Cruz, take Highway 9 to Boulder Creek.  Then left onto 236.  Stay on 236 until you arrive at the park.

Now for what happened on our junket… Additional pictures

So… what were WE thinking?!  It was raining… and had BEEN raining for quite some time… We were still wanting to get out and do something though.  A few ideas were batted around… Fall Creek?  Henry Cowell?  Our usual local hikes?  No, let’s do something different.  We had just gotten a Limited Use Golden Bear Pass and were dyin’ to use it… so I came up with the genius idea of going to Big Basin and hike to Buzzard’s Roost… Did I mention that it was raining?.. As the name sort of implies, it’s kind of a view point.  But it hardly even occurred to me that the view might not be all that great on a rainy day… But like I said, we were pretty desperate to get out, so off we went.

The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass is a fun pass to have cuz with it, it’s free to use the California state parks nine months out of the year…  We’d never used it before so I wasn’t sure what to do.   But once we got to the park, I just showed em the pass and they cheerfully gave me a little ticket to put on my windshield… Wow!  It actually worked!  And it was easy.   No muss, no fuss… no additional fees.  Sah-weeet!  And since it was raining, we were among the few who ventured into the park so there was lots of parking to choose from.  Usually parking at Big Basin is a bitch.

Now for the hike… Well like I said, it was raining… pretty hard actually… Donna usually wears a poncho when it’s raining so that’s what she put on.  DSC00889I like ponchos too, but recently I’ve been playing around with using an umbrella for hiking in the rain.  So I went with that but carried my poncho just in case.

There are a labyrinth of trails in Big Basin so we carefully wove our way through the various intersections to get to our trail up to Buzzard’s Roost… hmmm… probably would be nice to tell you here which trails to use to get to the one that takes you to the top, huh?  But I wasn’t really paying attention.  We just used the map they gave us and figured it out.  Next time we do this (and there will be a next time), I’ll take notes and update this post with the information.  Sorry… All I can say for now is to be careful with your navigation.  There are lots of choices.   It’s probably easier than I’m making it sound but it was harder than I expected.

Anyway… once we crossed the Blossom Creek Bridge, we were mostly on our way.  DSC00851

 

 

 

 

Not long after the creek crossing the trail starts relentlessly up… and up … and up.  But as ‘ups’ go, it’s an okay kinda up.  The trail is well graded.  I was guessing at a pretty steady 10%.  But that’s an average.

The trail is very nice until you get near the top… within a few hundred feet of elevation from the high point, the trail goes from a pleasant, duffy, flat surface to being pretty rocky and uneven.  And there are also a couple points where you literally have to rock climb… pretty minor rock climbing but still, it’s not actually hiking anymore.  I think it would have been pretty easy if the rock were dry.  There would have been plenty of traction.  But we were climbing this rock in the rain.  Both our sphincters were a little puckered at times as we made our way up.

Finally we made it to the actual Roost.

It’s pretty cool up there.  We were trying to imagine the views.  I’m sure we could have seen the ocean, and had a view of Big Basin park headquarters, Eagle Rock, maybe Chalk Mountain… and who knows what else.  But not today…

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We didn’t  stay on the top all that long cuz even though it wasn’t raining much at that moment, the wind was blowin’ us around and we were both getting cold.

This is an ‘out and back’ so goin’ back was the same as the way up ‘cept easier.  It started raining again though so out came the umbrella… Was totally dumping when we got back to the car.  A nice warm shower felt heavenly when we got home.

Chalk Mountain Climb

This is the first of the local peaks in our “Parade of Peaks” challenge that we climbed.  It’s 1609 feet high on the map.  But on the GPS we got 1643 or so.  Pretty much the same I guess.  I think we will definitely include this peak in our final list.

Type of climb: Out and back
Difficulty: 5
Trail grade: 7
Trail use: moderate on a weekend
Elevation gain: 1200′
Total climbing: 1440′
Round trip distance: 5.8 mi
How long: 2 hours 10 minutes RT
Quality of views: 8

Weather conditions when we did it: Clear
Red tape: None
Maps we used:
Water: None
Parking: Yes

How to get there:
From Santa Cruz, take Highway One for something like 22 miles, pass Waddell Beach and Ano Nuevo, then start looking to your left for an unmarked road called Whitehouse Road.  The road junction is across from a turnout off of the main highway.  Proceed up Whitehouse Road for 2.3 miles until you reach a small parking area and signs warning not to drive further along road as it is now private.  Park… Trail is obvious and heads directly up hill from road.

Hike description: Additional pictures
Redwood shaded trail climb with two viewpoints, to junction with ridge road.  Then road takes you to two more lookout points; the final being the top of Chalk Mountain.

The trail is a steep (at times over 20% grade), redwood shaded climb of 1.3 miles climb that gains almost 1000′ before joining a road. There are two view points along the trail during the climb up to the road.  First is at 0.5 miles, 900 feet.  The second is at 1.0 miles, 1200 feet.   Viewpoints are westward facing with views of the coast from Pidgeon Point to Ano Nuevo.   The trail intersects with the road at 1.3 miles and 1360 feet of elevation.  At mile point 2.0 (1570′ of elevation) there is a large turnout along road connected to a parking lot.  These are the best views of the hike looking south overlooking Ano Nuevo.   From here you can see the top of the climb to Chalk Mountain proper by looking carefully about a mile eastward along the ridge road to see an antenna nestled in the trees.  This is the summit of Chalk Mountain and is at 2.9 miles into the hike.  From here you can see into Big Basin and Mt McCabe (see write up) to the east.

After enjoying the views and using the outhouse (yes, there’s an actual outhouse at the top of Chalk Mountain) simply turn around and proceed back along the road, being careful not to miss where the trail leaves the road again at 4.4 miles.

Notes:

  • The first time you do this hike, you’ll probably want to go all the way to the actual top of Chalk Mountain (especially if you need to use the outhouse).  However after seeing it once, I think you can safely stop at the first lookout and get the majority of the value out of this climb.
  • There are other ways to the top of Chalk Mountain.  For instance, you can get there from Waddell Beach.  But this is something like a 14 miler with lots of up and down.  However I’ve heard that it’s gorgeous.  If you’re looking for an ordeal, try that route.
  • For those of you who are training for say hiking in the Sierra, this climb could be used as one of those ‘workout’ type climbs. In that case you could turn around at say the trail junction with the road and have your steep 1000 feet or so of climbing… or maybe jam up to the first parking lot (1570′) along the road before turning around.   There is a negligible amount of climbing after that.

 

More detail… To get there, we drove up the coast through Davenport, by Greyhound Rock, etc. until we get to Ano Nuevo Park.  Just before you get to Costa Noa there’s a no name road across from a highway turn out that turns inland.  Actually it has a name… it’s just not labeled except in very tiny letters on a transformer or whatever that is, on the side of Highway 1 is the name Whitehouse Road.

We drove pretty far along the road.  Not sure how far cuz I wasn’t paying attention.  But eventually you get to the trailhead.

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The parking area for the Chalk Mountain hike

The climb starts rather abruptly… you get out of the car, put on our hiking stuff… and right out of the gun barrel, the trail starts going up.  You start out at about 400 feet of elevation and in the next mile or so, you climb about a thousand feet… then in the half mile or so remaining,  you climb an additional say 200 feet to get to the first lookout.  I think this lookout is the best because you have a view of Ano Nuevo, Pigeon Point and out into the ocean.  As you climb you’re in lush, deep redwoods so it’s cool, and there are two vista points to pause at and take pictures.

Once you break out into the sunshine.  The trail starts to look a bit like the Sierras.  The redwood trees turn into shrubs and pine trees.

Then you come to a road.  It’s probably obvious but don’t go right onto the road.  According to the map, the road ends… go left, that’s where the top of the mountain is.  Oh and be sure to take note of the sign next to where the trail meets the road.  That will be your marker on the way back.  It’s easy to be talking as you walk along the road and miss the trail.   No idea what the sign says.  The writing is all sun bleached away.

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Now we’re out on the roads. This is the intersection of Chalk Mountain Road (which runs along the ridge top) and Whitehouse Road

We followed the road for a little while until coming to a structure at a hairpin curve that was obviously carved out.  No idea what all these solar panels were about but the view was tremendous.

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Not sure what this place was. It had lots of solar panels, a little building and a pole for Jack to climb

And Jack did a little climbing to get an even better view…

We could see the antenna at the real top of Chalk Mountain about a mile away so after some more gazing off at the view, we struck out down the road again.  Seemed like it took forever to get to the next antenna but it was a pleasant walk which followed the ridge.  Once we got there, the views were still tremendous ‘cept now we were looking inland.  Of course my preference is looking out over the ocean.

It was a very pleasant day… sunny, warmish, clear… kinda perfect. We all had things to do when we got there.  We ate, I changed my clothes into something cooler, Jack climbed another tower (this one was sturdier and higher), Donna examined the wildflowers and Kalika took a nap… oh and the outhouse at the top unexpectedly became a big attraction.

Then it was time to head back down.  Of course we took more pictures along the way.  The views continued to be pretty dialed ‘cept now we didn’t have to turn around to take it all in.

Found the junction with the trail and descended back into the redwoods.

Before this outing, I always thought of Chalk Mountain as an epic local climb.  But now I think of it more as one of the local “workout” climbs… sorta like Fall Creek has become.  It’s got this sustained, steep 1000 foot climb right from the parking lot and you’re rewarded with some awesome views so that makes it worth getting up there.  Up and back it’s about 4 miles then if you add in the trail/road over to the top of Chalk Mountain proper, it’s about 6 miles round trip.  But in the future, unless I simply gotta use the outhouse, I think I can miss the extension.

 

 

Peak Baggin’

Donna and I are getting kinda tired of being homebound over this winter.  But what to do?  Not gonna lie, most of MY interest is in the Sierra.  Everything else I do is mostly about getting and staying in shape for the all too short Sierra season.  Yeah, I know, that’s pretty one dimensional.  And it’s kind of a problem… Unfortunately (or if you ask the farmers in the Central Valley, ‘Fortunately’) this year has had a lot precipitation… read SNOW in the Sierra.  So the Sierra is off limits until… well for a long time.  So now what do I do?  Well Donna has a little broader view, which I’m grateful for… And so together we came up with a new hiking undertaking that has my interest a little bit.  We’re making a list of peaks in the region… The Bay Area, the Big Sur region, the Ventana Wilderness, Marin County, the East Bay and then some other peaks of interest. Then we’re gonna start climbing em… one by one and as we do, we’ll cross em off our list.  They’re mostly local so there’s no snow issue… no excuse.  But I do want to climb White Mountain in the White Mountain Range east of the Sierra Nevada. Not sure if it should be on this list but I don’t want to forget it.  At 14,246′, it’s the second highest mountain in California so interesting from that aspect.

Right now our list includes:

  • Pinion Peak near Garland Ranch – 2249′
  • Montera – 865′ (near Pacifica)
  • Chalk Mountain – 1609′ (near Big Basin) – done 2/6/16 (see post)
  • Mission Peak – 2516′ (East of Fremont)
  • Black Mountain (Toro Park) – 2243′
  • Mount El Sombroso – 2999′ (NW of Mt Umunhum)
  • Mt Umunhum – 3486′ (area closed)
  • Cone Peak – 5155′ (Ventana area)
  • Mount Carmel – 4417′ (most northerly peak in Ventana Wilderness)
  • Manual Peak – 3379′ (due north of Big Sur Station)
  • Mt Tamalpias – 2571′ (Marin)
  • Anderson/Marble Peak – 4090’/4031′ (just inland from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park)
  • White Mountain – 14,246′ (White Mountain Range)
  • Loma Prieta – 3786′ (highest in Santa Cruz range – also on private property)
  • Mt. Defiance (2657′) in Pinnacles NP
  • Mt Wittenberg (1407′) tallest point in Pt Reyes

  • Timber Top – done 3/26/16 (see post)
  • South Chalone Peak (3269′) 2nd highest point in Pinnacles NP

  • North Chalone Peak (3304′) highest point in Pinnacles NP

  • Garrapata Doud Peak (1977′) – done but need to do again and document

  • McAbee Mountain (1837′) in Big Basin

  • Buzzard’s Roost (2100′) in Big Basin – might be highest point in Big Basin – also called Pine Mountain – done 3/13/16 (see post)

  • Eagle Rock (2488′) in Big Basin

  • Rose Peak
  • Ventana Double Cone (4853′)

But this isn’t all… just the first ones we came up with over the weekend.  I’ll add more as we go along.  However what I’d like to do is narrow the list down a bit   But it’s early in this process.  We’ll figure out what to do as we start climbing some of them.

Oh and this might be fun to do for specific local trails too… but that’s material for another post.