Ascent of Liebre Mountain on 2016-10-23

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Sunday, October 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Liebre Mountain
    Elevation:5760 ft / 1755 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was making the long drive back to Tracy after a few days bagging P2K's and HPS peaks in the area between Santa Barbara and Frazier Park. We were done with Devil's Peak by 3:45, so I had a bit of time to tag something on the return. I settled on Liebre, originally planning to do the PCT hike from Pine Valley, but as I approached the TH it was already 6:15 and I figured to not be done until 9:15 with another 4 hours of driving after that. Instead I decided to try the drive up, taking the long, circular way up (circular if you are already on the west side). I took the approach to Burnt Peak, and then followed 7N23 for about 10 miles to get to Liebre. Near the parking area for Burnt I saw a FS Fire Truck, I stopped and asked for beta on the road, they said "a Honda Civic" could drive it.

Now feeling great about the road, I went for it, and found the road to be generally good, once you make the initial steep climb from the large parking area for Burnt Peak where 4WD might be needed the road is very good for nearly the entire way to Liebre. I parked off the side of the road and found the PCT, and even in the dark had no trouble finding the summit register. I then drove another half mile west to the higher point on the ridge which is a P1K but is also referred to as Liebre. There is an HPS register at the highest point here too, so I signed in again. I then decided to continue on 7N23, as this would be way quicker for me if I could get down on the west side and then get back on I-5. The road was in fine shape, and I took it back to the historic Old Ridge Road which had lots of potholes and in some cases big rocks on the edge of the road, but with restrained driving it is totally drivable. Made the side trip to Bald Mountain on route back to CA 138.
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