Ascent of Sugarloaf on 2016-01-30

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, January 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3227 ft / 983 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike with Ron Schrantz as the co-leader. Joining us was Ted Lubeshoff, May Tang, Mike Manning, JoAn Schrantz, Doris Duval, Tanya Roton, Winnette Butler and the Colonel. Driving directions were: exit I15 at 74 West. Follow 74 around the lake, up into the mountains to just past the village of El Cariso. It is about 10.4 miles. Turn right on a paved road. There is a sign “El Cariso Hot Shots”. Follow this paved road 1.6 miles to a “T” junction. Turn right. Go 0.8 miles to the trail head. There is a sign at the San Juan trail head.
We followed the trail about 1.5 miles to a junction. Stay on the main trail. Ignore the side trails. At the junction you can go straight for the New San Juan trail or turn right for the Old San Juan trail. The new trail meets the old trail at the base of Sugarloaf. We went in on the old trail and out on the new trail. The old trail is a little shorter (2.2 miles vs. 1.8 miles), but is very rutted and not as easy to walk on. The use trail to Sugarloaf starts about 100 yards east of the junctions of the two trails. It is a short distance with about 200’ of gain to the summit. We came down the use trail to the Old San Juan trail, turn right (west) and followed the Old trail about a half mile to the start of the use trail to Old Sugarloaf. As you approach Old Sugarloaf, you can see the use trail leading up to the summit. It is a short steep (about 500’ in 1/3 mile) use trail.. We returned the same way, taking the New San Juan trail to the cars. There were signs (thanks to Mark Allen) and registers on both peaks.
We did this hike on a Saturday and met a lot of mountain bikers both coming and going. If possible, I would recommend doing it during the week.
8:40 am Depart.
11:00 am Sugarloaf. 3277’. 4.23 miles, 700’ gain
12:40 pm Old Sugarloaf. 3326’. 5.85 miles, 1282’ gain
4:25 pm Car. 12.4 miles round trip, 2532’ gain, 7 hours, 45 minutes.
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