Ascent of Sierra Peak on 2019-10-26

Climber: Robert Luher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 26, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sierra Peak
    Elevation:3045 ft / 928 m

Ascent Trip Report

From CA 91, headed south on Lincoln and turned west on Foothill Blvd and parked on the street (ample street-side parking). The adjoining neighborhood does not allow trail parking, so had to start the hike on Foothill.
The trail is easy to follow and starts off as pavement, paralleling a creek. Once it passes the neighborhood it turns to a wide dirt road. Since the road is popular with mountain bikers, use caution.
After the first mile the trail takes a sharp right turn and starts the ascent up to the peak. The trail offers great views of the city and mountains as it works its way to Oak Flat at mile 5.5, which is marked by four tall radio towers. Here you take the Main Divide Trail (3S04) to the west, reaching the peak in about two miles. This part of the road has a few dips, but nothing too steep. One can see the array of communication towers on the peak summit as you approach. The benchmark is on the obvious high point between some of the towers. The peak is not the greatest with the road approach and the towers, but the views are likely the reason its on a list. I could not find a register.

Returned along the same track to Oak Flat, and detoured to Beeks Place, which was not more than a collection of ruins of a stone cabin from the 1930's. Afterward, returned again to Oak Flat and descended Skyline Drive to the car.

Stats are for round trip (with detour to Beeks Place).
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Sierra Peak from Main Divide Road (2019-10-26). Photo by Robert Luher.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2370 ft / 722 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2370 ft / 722 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1970 ft / 601 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:16.1 mi / 25.9 km
    Route:Skyline Drive
    Start Trailhead:Skyline Drive Trailhead  1075 ft / 327 m
    Time:5 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Luher
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