Ascent of Haddock Mountain on 2012-11-19
|Others in Party:||Aidan Barlow|
Blue the Dog
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, November 19, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7431 ft / 2264 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPossibly one of the best HPS hikes Aidan and I have done! The weather was perfect; it never got hot and it was sunny all day. After the brush-fest on Eagle Rest the day before, it was nice to follow trails almost the whole day. To reach the trailhead, just turn east off CA-33 at Pine Mtn Summit on to Pine Mtn Ridge Rd / Reyes Pk Rd and follow it to the end. There are no intersecting roads, so you can't get lost. Just follow it to where it ends at the trailhead. The road is badly in need of repair, but the Yaris made it up no problem.
From the trailhead, head a few hundred feet up the old road to a minor saddle. From here, the old road bends right around the south side of Reyes to wherever, the left trail (23W04) heads towards Haddock, and a third use trail heads over Reyes Pk. I would recommend this trail for the ascent of Reyes as it is well-travelled and easier to follow than the use trail down the east side of the peak. The use trail tops out on Reyes in under a mile, where you are first greeted to amazing views of the mountains and ocean below. We took a snack break on top before heading down the use trail to the east to rejoin the main trail to head to Haddock. The trail to Haddock is in excellent condition and it goes up and down a lot, as noted in the "extra gain." About 2.5 miles past the use trail/main trail junction below the east side of Reyes, you reach a high point just below the summit of Haddock. Walk a few feet to the south and you are on the summit. We climbed up the summit block to enjoy our lunch while looking out over the amazing view. We spotted (from left to right): Ancapa Islands, San Miguel Island (in the far distance), Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rose Island, and San Miguel Island. Santa Barbara was still covered in clouds, but we could make out the large flat plain in the Oxnard area in the sun. To the west the mountains stretched out over the rugged territort north of Santa Barbara. I made out what I think is Chief Peak to the SE.
Following our scenic lunch on top, we made our way back over the roller coaster trail to the trailhead, arriving well before sunset, in stark contrast to the previous day's adventure on Eagle Rest Pk. Blue thoroughly enjoyed the hike, taking the opportunity to put in about twice as much mileage as his human companions, smelling everything and urinating everywhere. We had the trail to ourselves all day, which is not surprising. The summit register entry before us in the Haddock register was from a friend of mine, Mat, his wife Tanya, and his dog Maya about two weeks prior to our ascent. Overall, this is a must-do peak on the HPS list, a perfect walk through the forest with views to the Pacific below along the way. Aidan noted that it is one of his favorite HPS hikes as well.
Stats (includes Reyes Pk):
3h 55m moving time
2.0 mph moving avg
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2371 ft / 722 m|
| Elevation Gain:||2371 ft / 722 m|
| Extra Loss:||1900 ft / 579 m|
| Route:||Reyes Pk Tr (23W04)|
| Trailhead:||6960 ft / 2121 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Reyes '12|
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