Ascent of Pole Mountain on 2016-11-13
|Others in Party:||Marcus Sierra -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, November 13, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2204 ft / 671 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was a guided hike by Sonoma Land Trust from their Little Black Mountain Preserve. From this side, it’s only 3 miles to the summit of Pole Mountain. They also run guided hikes from Jenner Headlands on the coast, which is 7 miles each way. By late 2017, the plan is for a parking lot to be built on Route 1 in the Jenner Headlands, and then you’ll be able to climb Pole Mountain anytime you want.
Our guide led a group of 15 of us at a slow pace. He pointed out signs of a devastating fire in 1978 that caused the previous owners to leave the area and donate the land. We visited the former homestead, where the chimney, foundation, and some metal appliances still survive.
There is a lookout at the summit that wasn’t open today. Two reference marks put the benchmark underneath the lookout building, but since there’s a locked fence around the area, it’s impossible to be sure.
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