Ascent of Pescadero State Beach/Natural Preserve High Point on 2017-07-18

Climber: Jim Retemeyer

Date:Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pescadero State Beach/Natural Preserve High Point
    Elevation:293 ft / 89 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a bit of a challenge. I parked in the middle parking lot which is about 50 feet south of the bridge on Highway 1. There was no fee here and you could access the foot bridge over the water way between the two marsh areas. I started the trail on the foot bridge side. The trail enters some serious vegetation after a couple of tenths of a mile. So I went back 50 feet and took another trail that was through the grass. At the time, I couldn't determine which one was the actual trail. This new trail went up and up and I lost it a couple of times in the trees and vegetation. Here I decided to just keep going up the fence line. I walked along the fence as best I could and made it to the northwest corner of the park. The HP is along this fence line at the highest noticeable ground. The question of whether you are allowed here remains to be seen. Instead of going back the way I came, I opted just to down to the highway from here. Bad decision, as I was inundated with a ton of poison oak and thorny vines, etc. I finally made it only to have a park ranger looking at me from his moving truck...I assumed. I thought well, maybe this was off limits...although no signs indicated that. I went down and then I was at the northern parking lot, so I went to the beach and walked to the middle parking lot via the beach. There was no one waiting for me, nor any paper on my windshield. This highpoint is number 131 and one of the tougher ones for a variety of reasons.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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