Ascent of Pico Blanco on 2018-12-22

Climber: David Sanger

Others in Party:Lisa Barboza -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pico Blanco
    Elevation:3709 ft / 1130 m

Ascent Trip Report

A couple of additions to Lisa's excellent trip report:

To get to the trailhead for Little Sur Trail, either drive 6.5 miles south from Bixby Bridge or 3.7 miles north from Andrew Molera State Park. The Coast Road is a well-packed dirt road but signs warn it is impassable wet weather. When dry it was no problem.

You can park directly across from the trailhead. It is marked by a latched wooden gate and, just inside, a large sign displaying the "rules". Little Sur Trail is an official National Forest Service trail operating under an easement from the El Sur Ranch for the first mile and a half inland. After that you pass into land owned by the Granite Rock Company, and then soon thereafter into the National Forest. It possible to take the trail all the way past Pico Blanco campsite, turning north towards the Boy Scout Camp. There's a Pico Blanco South Use Trail which heads to the summit from the southeast if you'd prefer not to take the road past the quarry.

The summit is marked by several white limestone outcroppings, a benchmark and a summit register in a sturdy metal pipe. Pico Blanco is regularly but infrequently climbed with 3 or 4 visitors a month noted in the spring and winter months
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4802 ft / 1463 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1435 ft / 437 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
fog then sun
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4802 ft / 1463 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3367 ft / 1026 m; Extra: 1435 ft / 437m
    Loss on way in:1435 ft / 437 m
    Distance:13.9 mi / 22.4 km
    Route:Little Sur Trail: USFS #1E03, Granite Rock Road
    Start Trailhead:Coast Road trailhead  342 ft / 104 m
    Time:7 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Sanger
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