Ascent of Montara Mountain on 2013-07-04

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montara Mountain
    Elevation:1898 ft / 578 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Peak Mountain to the west, it's a short 15 min stroll (with a little ele loss) over to North Peak, AKA Montara Mountain. You'll approach Montara from its west on the North Peak Access Road. At one point you'll see the radio towers ahead of you and to their left some rusted barbed wire on a short 10ft ledge that looks tempting to head through. Save yourself the trouble. Follow the road for another 60 seconds around the south side of the radio tower area, and you'll see a nice, clear little route to the actual summit on the other side. Otherwise, if you decide to cut through like I did, you'll have to deal with some shrubs and pokey things.

Views from Montara were disappointing. Moreover, the gate heading over to South Peak and Montara Knob was closed with ominous signs posted about fire danger, tresspassing, etc. Bummer. I dawdled around the gate for a few minutes debating on whether to jump it. Because the trail past the gate looked to be just more of the same, I decided against it. Heading back early to hang out at the beach sounded more appealing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:378 ft / 114 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2148 ft / 654 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:178 ft / 54 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 78 ft / 24 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:North Peak Access Road; Use Trail
    Start Trailhead:Peak Mountain  1820 ft / 554 m
    Time:13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2048 ft / 624 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1848 ft / 563 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:North Peak Access Road; Use Trail; San Pedro Mtn R
    End Trailhead:Pacific Coast Highway  50 ft / 15 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: North.Montar.20130704

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak Mountain2013-07-04 a1775 ft / 541 m
2Montara Mountain2013-07-04 b378 ft / 115 m
Total Trip Gain: 2153 ft / 656 m    Total Trip Loss: 2148 ft / 655 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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