Ascent of Pole Mountain on 2018-03-25
|Others in Party:||LandPaths guided group|
|Date:||Sunday, March 25, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2204 ft / 671 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI joined a guided hike by LandPaths, a non-profit that conducts environmental education, restoration projects, and guided outings on open space district and limited access lands. We met in Monte Rio at 10 am, then carpooled up Pole Mountain Road to the Little Black Mountain preserve, owned by the Sonoma Land Trust. From there it was just over 2.5 miles of moderate hiking to Pole Mountain. Views were spectacular, south to Mt Tam, Pt Reyes, and Bodega Head, west to St Helena and Cobb Mtn, and north to Mohrhardt Ridge and peaks beyond. We could also see a distant waterfall in the vicinity of the Cedars.
The Wildlands Conservancy owns the land to the southwest, from Pole Mountain and Hwy 1, which is expected to open to the public in June. This will make it possible to do unguided day trips to the peak, though I was told the round trip distance is about 15 miles, and elevation gain is over 3,000 feet.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||914 ft / 278 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||914 ft / 278 m|
| Distance:||5.4 mi / 8.7 km|
| Start Trailhead:||east side 1290 ft / 393 m|
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