Ascent of Junipero Serra Peak on 2010-04-10
|Date:||Saturday, April 10, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Junipero Serra Peak|
| Elevation:||5862 ft / 1786 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis 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 http://www.climber.org/driving/junipero.html (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|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||3 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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