Ascent of Pulgas Ridge on 2012-03-17

Climber: Jason Reed

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pulgas Ridge
    Elevation:725 ft / 220 m

Ascent Trip Report

I pakred at the south end ofthe Sawyer Camp trail hoping to run south on Skyline and East on Bunker Hill drive towards the Highlands Elementary school. This plan was thwarted however when it was very clear that Skyline was closed to all traffic. it looked like a lot of construction was going on, and I didn't feel like trying to navigate through a potentially dangerous contructuon site, so I was forced to take a left onto Crystal Springs Road, a right onto Polhemus Road (south), and another right onto bunker Hill Road (northwest). This added almost a couple extra miles.

Now that I was back on course I took a left onto Yorktown Road, and another left onto a road that looked like a utility company road. I had been climbing while wrapping around the summit for a while, but now it seemed i was heading directly up the side. I think I remember a no trespassing sign that wasn't clear whether it pertained to the road or the woodsy area around the road. I continued on in a southerly direction and the summit wasn't far from there. It wasn't very spectacular but I didn't have high expectations given a low prominence and also the area the summit was location (on the other side of I-280 as the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I went down the south side to see what it was like and there were some trails which led directly to the Highland Recreation Center. A sign there warning hikers of mountain lions made it clear that it was permitted to climb the summit, at least from the highlands Rec Center side of the hill. I took Monticello Road (parallel to Yorktown) back to Bunker Hill Road just for different scenary. From bunker hill I ran back the way I had come.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1023 ft / 311 m
    Total Elevation Loss:897 ft / 273 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.7 mi / 10.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:794 ft / 242 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 606 ft / 184 m; Extra: 188 ft / 57m
    Loss on way in:188 ft / 57 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:Crystal Springs, Polhemus, Bunker Hill, Yorktown R
    Start Trailhead:Sawyer Camp South Entrance  119 ft / 36 m
    Time:31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:709 ft / 216 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 480 ft / 146 m; Extra: 229 ft / 69m
    Gain on way out:229 ft / 69 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route:Crystal Springs, Polhemus, Bunker Hill, Monticello
    End Trailhead:Sawyer Camp South Entrance  245 ft / 74 m
    Time:37 Minutes

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