Ascent of Loma Prieta on 2012-02-26

Climber: Bill Symonds

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Loma Prieta
    Elevation:3786 ft / 1153 m

Ascent Trip Report

"Residents Only" sign still posted at entrance to Loma Prieta Rd from Summit Rd. To shorten the hike, I drove past it and took Loma Prieta Rd 0.9 mi until it turns off to the right just after the intersection with Loma Chiquita Rd. This stretch of road is steep and a bit rough, and a few weeks prior I tried and failed to make it in a low profile sedan. However, this time the 4Runner had no issues.

Where Loma Prieta Rd turns sharply to the right just after Loma Chiquita Rd, there is plenty of space to park. From here, it's less than a mile hike on Loma Prieta Rd to the peak. As Kassan reported, there's a locked gate along the way and the true peak is fenced in. Once near the top, left the trail and circled the fence perimeter.

Several cars passed my parked car with no issues. Didn't see anyone during the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:466 ft / 142 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Loma Prieta Rd
    Trailhead:intersection of Loma Prieta Rd & Loma Chiquita Rd  3320 ft / 1011 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
sunny and mild
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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