Ascent to Palo Escrito Peak-Winery near Fairview Rd & Sanchez Rd on 2012-09-15

Climber: Bill Symonds

Others in Party:Coworker
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Palo Escrito Peak - Winery near Fairview Rd & Sanchez Rd
    Elevation:867 ft / 264 m
    Remaining Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

As of Sep 2012, I'm confident all primary access points to this peak from the River Rd side are gated or otherwise virtually blocked by wide swaths of private land. The gate at Sanchez Rd (right where is makes a sharp left turn) was closed. Attemped Fairview Rd. Just after Fairview crosses Sanchez, there is winery. On this Sat morning, owner was in the parking lot and not agreeable to us passing through. Didn't get to try any wine. Working our way SE-ward on River Rd, Puma Rd seemed to offer promise, but the road quickly got too rough for our sedan and appeared to be a private drive through yet another winery. This theme continued for several more potential roads, all of them being either gated or seemingly private drives without any room or logical place to park and start a hike.

There did not appear to be clear access from Carmel Valley Rd either. Many access roads are gated, and most or all of the SE side of the slope is private property from what we could tell.
With the most logical options ruled out, bagging this peak takes some diligence. Perhaps there is access from the NW (Corral Del Cielo Rd) or an off-trail route.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
cool and foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Winery near Fairview Rd & Sanchez Rd  867 ft / 264 m
    Time:0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Winery near Fairview Rd & Sanchez Rd  867 ft / 264 m
    Time:0 Minutes

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