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Ascent of Sugarloaf on 2015-07-26

Climber: Aaron Matthews

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sugarloaf
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3227 ft / 983 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got this peak and Old Sugarloaf in the same hike. Started at the Old San Juan trail head at Blue Jay Camp. Hike was 11.4 miles total. It started off descending into a mostly shaded canyon before rising toward the two hills. There are several smaller unmarked trails that intersect, but it is pretty easy to stay on the main trail. The use trail to the Sugarloaf peak is easy to see from the main trail and has a small cairn marking the start. It is slightly overgrown in places and I was glad I was wearing pants even though it was going to be a hot day. The last bit of the "trail" consists of climbing boulders where I had to use my hands in several places, but not too difficult. Signed the peak log at the top, but did not find any markers. Next was Old Sugarloaf. It's use trail was harder to spot and easy to miss. It is on the right side of the trail and has a small cairn (I added a few more rocks to it). Once you find the trail, it is easy to follow to the top, but the trail is very steep with lots of loose rocks. It is also narrow and was glad again that I wore the pants legs to my convertible pants. Like Sugarloaf, there was a peak log, but no markers. Returned the same way with the last two miles being mostly uphill back to the trail head at the campground. Total time 3:43.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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