Ascent of Saint Marys Peak on 2015-01-24

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Saint Marys Peak
    Elevation:1194 ft / 363 m

Ascent Trip Report

A beautiful winter's afternoon in the green hills behind Moraga. Of several possible approaches to Saint Marys Peak, I chose to start from the cul-de-sac at the top of Sanders Dr, 0.7 miles from the Canyon Rd intersection and 10.0 miles from my house. After climbing over a Powder Horn gate which limits public access, I connected after about 500 feet with the Old Moraga Ranch Regional Trail (go left). This broad trail, with a couple of moderately steep sections and occasionally muddy and rutted, is obviously well used by cattle. There are several trail posts en route and a gate to open and close. Saint Marys Peak is the HP in the immediate area and looks down on much of Saint Marys College. The peak itself is not identified in any way. It is covered in part by coyote bush, but for the most part presents only an expanse of green, open hills, marked by a few prominent homes in the distance. A strikingly symmetrical,somewhat squat three-needle knobcone (my guess) pine tree stands just off the trail before its final ascent to the peak. I noticed an old-fashioned swing attached to one of the branches--odd, fun. My time for the hike reflects my slow, plodding pace. Most good hikers would probably do it in well under two hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:579 ft / 176 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Old Moraga Ranch Tr
    Trailhead:Sanders Rd cul-de-sac  615 ft / 187 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ideal weather
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes

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