Ascent of Junipero Serra Peak on 2010-04-10

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Saturday, April 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Junipero Serra Peak
    Elevation:5862 ft / 1786 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was much more difficult that the "trail hike" I was expecting. At lower elevations wet mud and dry mud with holes where hooves had been added to the challenge. At the mid elevations, I experienced bone-chilling winds wet with mist and rain. The plants that encroached on the trail held the water and further contributed to soaking hikers as they walked through. Finally at the higher elevations I was pelted by hail, and had to avoid areas under tall trees where ice was falling nearly continuously. Throughout the trail, there were places were signs were burnt or missing completely.

That said, the added challenges made the summit that much more rewarding. And while there weren't the usual distant views from the summit, the ice (especially at such a relatively low altitude, late in the season) made for a really unique experience and different views.

Finding the trailhead may have been a challenge itself, if not for great directions at (note: the road names past Mission Road are inconsistent)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4162 ft / 1266 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Santa Lucia trail
    Trailhead:Santa Lucia trailhead  2100 ft / 640 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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