Ascent of Junipero Serra Peak on 2017-05-06

Climber: Greg Sweel

Others in Party:Greg Sweel -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Junipero Serra Peak
    Elevation:5862 ft / 1786 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to Memorial Park the night prior to camp on Cinco de Mayo. Started at trailhead 6:45am. Reached the tractor at 7:15am. Reached the burned trail sign at 8:15am. Many, many flowers in bloom. Fragrant and beautiful displays. Up the switchbacks to the ridge. Lots of brush mostly chamise (greasewood) lower down, then manzanita and ceanothus up higher. Noted some recent trail maintenance lower down and at the beginning of the switchbacks. Brushy overgrowth in several places further up. Downed trees near the top. Finally on the summit at Noon. That was a tough one. Left summit at 12:30pm and made it back down to the car at 3:30 pm. Just a spectacular and amazing peak/surroundings.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3782 ft / 1152 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3782 ft / 1152 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Low 40's in morning and breezy, then continued cool and calm. A couple of raindrops near the meadows
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3782 ft / 1152 m
    Route:Santa Lucia Trail
    Start Trailhead:Memorial Park - Day Use Area  2080 ft / 633 m
    Time:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3782 ft / 1152 m
    Route:Santa Lucia Trail
    End Trailhead:Memorial Park  2080 ft / 633 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes

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