Ascent of Sugarloaf on 2017-03-25

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, March 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3227 ft / 983 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scheduled hike to these two Lower Peaks. This was my 5th and last time. Joining us was Kathy Rich and JoAnn Schrantz. My co-leader was Ron Schrantz. We took the usual route to the trail head, 15 to 74 west, about 11 miles to the turn off (just past the village of Carisco). There is a sign that says “Carisco Hot Shots”. Follow this paved road 1.8 miles to a “T” junction, turn right and go 8/10 mile to the trail head. Normally we park at this point. However it was full, so we continued another 100 feet to the entrance of Blue Jay Campground. We drove to end of the road to the day use area. It cost $5 (free with the Golden Age pass). Right behind the restrooms a trail begins (it’s signed). We started on it and in about 100 feet there was a short trail that went down to the San Juan Trail. This ended up saving about 1 ½ miles round trip from parking where we us to park. I would recommend parking here if you do these peaks.
Once on the San Juan trail, we followed it about ¾ mile to a 4 way junction. We made a sharp left (south) and follow a steep use trail that met the San Juan trail. You can stay on the San Juan trail by going straight at the junction. Both trails come to a point where the Old San Juan trail and the new San Juan meet. We follow the trail going south (the Old San Juan trail). The old and new trails meet just southeast of Sugarloaf. By following the old trail, just before the junction of the two trails, you will see a use trail the goes up to Sugarloaf. It’s short, about ¼ mile and 200’ gain to the summit. On the summit, we found a sign (thanks to Mark Allen) and a register.
We went back down the use trail to the old trail, turned right (southwest) pass the junction of the old and new (there is a sign post), and went down about ¾ mile to a use trail that leads to the summit of Old Sugarloaf. This use trail is a little steeper than the one to Sugarloaf. It is about 500’ of gain in about ¼ mile. It’s easy to follow and the footing is good. On the summit we found a register and sign (again thanks, Mark). We returned the same way to the junction of the old and new trail. We took the new trail back. It is a little longer but there was less ruts (made by the many mountain bikes) and less poison oak.
It turned out to be a much better day than was forecasted. The forecast was for 40% chance of showers. We encounter no rain and mostly sunny skies. We didn’t see as many wildflower as we thought we would.
8:15 am Depart. 3350’
9:55 am Sugarloaf Summit. 3227’
10:40 am Junction with trail and use trail to Old Sugarloaf. 2800’
11:05 am Old Sugarloaf Summit. 3326’
11:35 am Junction with trail.
2:15 am Car. 10 miles round trip, 2200’ gain, 6 hours.

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