Ascent of Big Pine Mountain on 2020-10-21

Climber: Josef Nuernberger

Date:Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Pine Mountain
    Elevation:6800 ft / 2072 m

Ascent Trip Report

Please see below GPX Data and some Pictures of the Hike.

West Big Pine, Big Pine Mountain, Madulce Peak, Samon Peak in that exact order. Also known as the Santa Barbara HPS Big 4. I am not talking about Mileage or time here, all I have to say it’s a long grueling day hike. Personally I do not know many people who have day hiked it and definitely deserve a badge of honor for doing it. Got and very early start from Santa Barbara Canyon Trailhead and made my way up the Road to my First Peak, West Big Pine where I arrived shortly after 7:00 AM and was treated for a rising Sun and great views. Next in Line was Big Pine Mountain my main goal for the day which has the distinction of being the high point of Santa Barbara County, #132 on California’s 2K prominence list. Definitely the two easier Peaks of the Four although also the furthest out from the Trailhead. Was almost 11:30 am when I arrived back at the Madulce Junction and after a short break made my way to the Peak itself which started as a nice trail but got worse overtime, occasionally loosing the trail and fighting brush and steep terrain but overall not bad but takes more time than I thought. After a few pictures and Signing the Register I made my way back and arrived at the Junction before 3:00 Pm which was not a bad time. So off to my Last Peak. Samon Peak which usually is done first in order to take the shorter Trail down from Madulce Peak to the Trailhead. Well this did not happen simple because I was so early in the Morning and still dark when passing by, hence it is my last one for the day and by far the worst. There must be a reason this Peak is not hiked frequently and the reason I learned the hard way.
Haven’t hiked anything brushy in a long time. Not only Brush but the thorny stuff up your A.... and above your head. Simple time consuming and terrible. The days are short this time of the year and I had left the Summit shortly before Sunset leaving me in the dark for half way down. I spare you the details on what exactly took place but it was a pleasure to Road walk the remaining 9 miles back to the Car. An epic day hike not for the faint hearted.

Happy Hiking, Josef
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Santa Barbara Canyon  
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles

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