Ascent of Loma Prieta
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3786 ft / 1153 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMap = http://www.virtualparks.org/maps/files/forest-of-nisene-marks.pdf
From the village of Soquel take Old San Jose Rd. about 4 miles to Olive Springs Rd and make a right. Near the end of the road you will see a quarry on your left and on the right you will see a fire road. (Hinkley Fire Road)
Ignore trespassing signs and follow fire road to bottom of hill where Soquel Creek and Olive Spring join. Cross the creek and follow the trail crossing the spring several more times. You will start to climb a hill with Olive Spring to your left. In three steep miles you will reach Sand Point Overlook. There are backpacking campsites a little before Sand Point but when bugs are bad I camp here.
Take the fire road up and to the left (Aptos Creek Fire Road)approx five miles to Demolition Forest and follow trails to parking lot. Make a left on the paved public road (Highland Way) and after a short walk on the right you will see another fire road. This one starts steep and gets steeper the higher you get. It's only 3 or 4 miles but feels more like 10. Eventually you will end up in a small parking area where a paved road becomes dirt. (Loma Prieta way/Summit Road)
Mount Loma Prieta will be in view at this point. Work your way down Summit Road and the other fire roads to the mountain. Ignore the trespassing signs and look for the peak with multiple radio towers.
From here you could take Summit road south to Mt. Madonna, or north to Mount Bielewski, or work you way along the fire roads to Mt. Umunhum.
Return trip will take most of a full day.
You can also just drive up here and forget all the walking. But what is the fun in that?
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
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