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Ascent of Wind Chill Peak on 2020-05-06

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wind Chill Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8600 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did cross country from Toro Peak.

I read most of the trip reports and they involved driving up to the Santa Rosa turnoff and walking from there. When I first got into climbing mountains that was my style. Drive as close as possible and walk the rest of the way. After living in Peru for 6 years, and after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada my style has changed. Now, like many climbers, I like to take a new route, or the most difficult route. Someone already did from Hwy. 74, and that is also all road walking which I hate, but I couldn't find any other routes.

I've been hiking from the Sawmill Trail Trailhead in Pinion Pines so decided to try that. I also found Naturalatlas.com and they show a trail from the old sawmill, at the top of the road, up to the road near the Santa Maria Mountain turn off. However when I got there I couldn't find the trail but there was an old road going up the mountain at the wilderness boundary. I followed that for awhile but it finally turned and started going down and east. At that point I continued cross country up the mountain aiming for the nearest point on FR 7502, the road to Santa Maria Mountain. I came to a yellow post campsite just before that, and then started up the road towards Toro Peak.

I went up the North Peak rock pile first, then continued up the road to Toro Peak. From there I went cross country to Wind Chill and West Peak, then down to FR 7502 again. I walked down the road until I reached the first yellow post campsite and at this point realized that I didn't have time to do Santa Rosa Mountain so then bush wacked down to the other site I passed through on my way up.

I roughly followed my GPS track back to the old road and then that back to the Wilderness boundary near the old sawmill. Going down I saw a trail sign painted on a rock which I expect is the trail I was looking for on the way up. This is a continuation of FR 5E03, the Sawmill Trail road shown on the Naturalatlas map. So that is my next goal, to climb Santa Rosa Mountain from the Sawmill TH, using that trail to get up to the road.

Good news, the road to Santa Rosa has recently been graded and is excellent condition almost all the way to North Toro. It gets a bit rougher shortly before that but nothing that any regular car couldn't handle. I'm thinking of taking my camper up to one of the yellow post campsites for a couple of weeks or so.

Total trip time was 10 hours and 50 min., distance showed 20.1 on Strava, with 8687' of elevation gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4550 ft / 1386 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4550 ft / 1386 m
    Distance:19.6 mi / 31.5 km
    Route:Cross country from Toro Peak
    Start Trailhead:Sawmill TH, Pinion Pines   4050 ft / 1234 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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