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Ascent of Allen Peak on 2015-11-24

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Evan Kirmse
Date:Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Allen Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2320 ft / 707 m

Ascent Trip Report

The last time I came up here I was scared off by a private property sign on a gate, and heavy construction traffic on the narrow road. This time I took the precaution of writing ahead for a free permit for the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, which is at the end of Allen Road. It would give me an excuse to be in the area. I thought I might park in the Open Space and walk back along the road to the lookout.

As it turned out, there was no need. You can drive almost up to the lookout (turning left at a "255" address sign from Allen Road). There are two large towers in good shape. According to http://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/archaeology/downloads/12_lookout.pdf, the fire lookout went out of service in 1981.

Afterward my son and I did some geocaching in the Open Space, which is a very nice little hidden area.
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