Ascent of Long Ridge on 2001-12-22

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, December 22, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Long Ridge
    Elevation:2600 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

The San Mateo County highpoint is a bump along the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains called Long Ridge, located in the south part of the county in a private housing development. It took me nearly a full year to properly "hike" this highpoint.

I was here last year (December 19, 2000) and hiked a trail from the highway (CA-35) about two miles through pretty California coastal woodland. I came into the open at the ridge, and hiked to the summit, only to find it was fenced and there was a dog patrolling the area. I was about 200 horizontal feet and 15 vertical feet below the top, but the fence looked electric and the dog probably wouldn't have been too friendly, so I admitted defeat and hiked back to my truck.

I was up in the Bay Area again, visiting with my sister in San Francisco. I made arrangements with the landowner of the highpoint in advance and we established a "date" for me to visit. The day arrived (today) and it was a cold and stormy day, the whole state being slammed by a major winter Pacific storm. I left my sister's place in San Fran early and drove 50 miles south to Saratoga where I topped the truck and poked around a bit, as I was still early according to the time we set to meet.

I drove into the development and parked below the man's property. It was a short "hike" up his driveway to meet him. He was friendly and surprised I was here given the conditions. After a short chat, I made the "official" visit to the highpoint, then went back in to talk a little more with the man. For now he was living out of a camper, with plans to build a large home on the property.

He seemed curious about this hobby and why people would come from so far to visit this point, so I gave him some background. Our visit went well and overall, he seemed like a decent guy. My whole visit with him took just 30 minutes. I told him about my hike a year earlier and about the dog. He confirmed he owned the land back then but had no idea who the dog belonged to. It wasn't his.

I said my good byes and started the long drive home. Many hours later, I rolled into the town of Mojave east of Bakersfield, stayed there for the night, then home the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:580 ft / 176 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:2020 ft / 615 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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