Ascent of Monte Arido on 2019-05-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Friday, May 17, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6010 ft / 1831 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMonte Arido, Monte Arido East Slope, and Old Man Mountain
Total distance: 25.4 miles
Elevation gain: 6068 ft according to my GPS, about 6700 as estimated by me
Total time: 13 hours, 51 minutes
Start time: 6:14am
Trailhead: Matilija Trail
Accomplishments by list: HPS #34 and #35
Difficulty of hike: 7 out of 10. For the length and elevation gain of the hike, this one wasn't as bad as I expected. A very gentle uphill most of the way. Surprisingly, I struggled more on the downhill than uphill. About 1/2 mile from the start, there is a river you need to cross. It was about a foot deep, and can't really be avoided.
Views during the hike: 8 out of 10. When you begin, you get good views of Santa Ynez Mountains. As you climb, you can eventually look over them towards the Channel Islands.
Climbing on the descent: Other than 550 extra feet of climbing to Old Man Mountain, there's another 600 or so feet of gain going around Old Man, and at various other parts of the trail.
People seen: I expected to be the only one out here, but I did run into a pair of backpackers.
Animals seen: A deer right on the trail about 2 miles from the start. Then a medium sized snake near Point 4962. Lots of various birds.
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| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Old Man Arido|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by David Sharg
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