Ascent of Soledad Peak on 2020-08-08

Climber: Kurt T

Date:Saturday, August 8, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Soledad Peak
    Elevation:1589 ft / 484 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did as a day hike. Possible but you must be quick. I jogged most of the flats and downhills and only took a couple very short breaks. You also have to go on a day where the Island Packers' schedule gives you maximum time on the island. Camping out would allow for a much more relaxed pace and more exploration of the island. Lobos Canyon looks really cool and I wish I had time for it.

I got on the 8am boat that went directly to the island without stopping. I think some boats stop at Santa Cruz and this would eat up at least 30 mins. I disembarked the boat at 10:45AM, arriving 15 mins ahead of schedule, partly because of good sea conditions. I headed over to Water Canyon Beach and left there at 11:20AM. I summited Soledad Peak (where the BM is located) around 1PM and the high point to the west 1589' at 1:15PM. After tagging 1573' and Black Mountain I got back to the dock at 3:40PM, just in time for a very brief swim. They ask you to be back 15 mins before departure. The boat was scheduled to leave at 4PM but actually left at 3:53PM so be mindful.

If you look at my GPX, I didn't take the most direct route either on ascent or descent to the intersection of Soledad Rd and Telephone Road as I wanted to check out more of the island. This added about 2 miles so if you're concerned about time you can just take the most direct route up and down.

From 1589', the point marked 1573' looked higher. It's probably not but it's worth the trek over for better views to the west and the road passes a very old and stately island oak tree. A point farther west marked 1549' also looked like it could be higher but I was running short on time so I trust the surveyors.

On the way back, the boat stopped at Painted Cave and slowed down to observe a massive dolphin pod. Awesome day. Very calm seas as well. A little hazy but no clouds meant for great views. I think Santa Rosa can be quite cloudy so try and go on a clear day.
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