Ascent of Junipero Serra Peak on 2017-05-23

Climber: James Graham

Others in Party:Solo
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Junipero Serra Peak
    Elevation:4503 ft / 1372 m

Ascent Trip Report

Couple thoughts:
- Go in winter. March/April probably good, but May is too late. Forecast was for highs of 78, it was 94 at 3pm and 88 at 7pm.
- Start at dawn, starting at 3pm, was crazy town.
- Bring lots of water, but there is water along the trail for the first few miles depending on the time of year.
- The trail on the topo is different from the trail proper. The trail proper will go to the summit.
- No dogs, long pants/sleeves are a must. Ticks everywhere.
- Probably want high clearance. 2 river crossings on the base. Don't speed through the base.
- It is ALL of seven hours RT. Budget time accordingly.
- TH is 1 hour from King City. If coming from Paso Robles, get gas/supplies there. No services beyond that point without detouring to King City (adds 1 hr).
- Guy at the Days Inn in King City is an asshole. Don't stay there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2417 ft / 736 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Santa Lucia Trail
    Trailhead:Memorial Park  2086 ft / 635 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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