Ascent of Junipero Serra Peak on 2014-10-15

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Chris Prince
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Junipero Serra Peak
    Elevation:5862 ft / 1786 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail is very overgrown and brushy, but just passable due to some recent clearing work on the lower slopes. There was one point we had to crawl under near the top, which we disassembled with bare hands on the way down. Long pants are recommended if you want to avoid numerous scratches on your shins. The brush is recovering after the 2008 fire, signs of which are everywhere.

My car failed to start after the hike, and the trailhead is very remote and far from cell coverage. A very lengthy wait for a tow truck and a very long tow to Salinas followed.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3791 ft / 1155 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Trailhead:Indians Rd  2071 ft / 631 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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