Ascent of Yerba Buena Ridge on 2015-06-27

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Yerba Buena Ridge
    Elevation:3892 ft / 1186 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike with Marlen Mertz, Ron Schrantz, Pat Vaughn, Bruce Craig as co-leaders. Joining us was Michael Albanese and Marian Westall. This was an exploratory hike to Peak 3892. It is being considered for addition to the Lower Peaks list. For the time being, we are calling it “Unknown”. On Peakbagger, it is listed as Yerba Buena Ridge.
Our goal was to make it a shuttle hike. We would go up the Doc Larson trail and come down the Oak Springs trail. We exited the 210 at Osborne, immediate right on Foothill, then a left on Osborne. Osborne becomes Little Tujunga Canyon Road. We drove about a mile to the ranger station on the left. This is where we met. We then drove about 2 miles further on Little Tujunga to Gold Creek road, turned right, went about ½ mile to the parking spot for the Oak Springs trail. There is parking for a number of cars and toilet facilities. We left some cars there and drove back the way we came to a wide spot on the right just past the ranger station.
We started hiking, walked a few feet over a bridge to an old gate. The trail started here, drops down in a wash Little Tujunga, crossed it, then turned left (northeast), walked about 1 mile. At this point things got a little confusing. We were actually on a horse trail (we met 3 horses on the trail). We kind of wandered around for a little while before we were able to pick up the trail. There were no trail signs until we reached an old bathtub that was cemented in and had plaques honoring Doc Larson. Here we found signs that pointed the way to the Yerba Buena road. Once on the Yerba Buena road, we turned left (north), walked a little over 1/10th of a mile where a trail came in from the right. There was no sign; however, there was a rusted pole about 6 feet tall. Mike, who has hiked this trail in the past, recognized it as the start of the Oak Springs trail. The Oak Springs trail starts where we parked the cars, goes up over the ridge to Unknown then down to the point we were at. This trail goes up a firebreak and was rather steep. The trail was in excellent shape and there was no problem in following it. It comes out at the Yerba Buena road (same road we were on). Here we turned right (northeast). We followed the road about 1 ½ miles to the summit. Just before the summit, you will see a concrete water tank. Go another 1/10th mile to the summit. It is a small bump on the right about 50 feet above the road. There was no register or benchmark on the summit. We went back to the water tank where we could sit comfortably and have our lunch.
For the return, we walked back to the point where the Oak Springs trail crosses the road and started down. There was a sign saying 2.3 miles to the Gold Creek road. The trail comes out just slightly to the east of the parking lot. Again, this portion of the trail was in excellent shape. We saw a lot of evidence of horses all up and down the hike. This is definitely horse country.
7:40 am Depart. 1300’
11:00 am Junction of Oak Springs trail and Yerba Buena road. 3000’
12:05 pm Peak 3892 Summit.
2:05 pm Car. 1900’ 11 miles round trip, 2800’ gain, 6 hours, 25 minutes.
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