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trexkerrySummertime heat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014
First visit to the Ventana on a low 90's degree day. Made the hike a lot tougher, but made it up and down in about 7 hours. The trail was really overgrown in places! Trip report is HERE.
Posted Jun 8, 2014 3:01 am

mengboday hike with Jean  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2014

mengbo

day hike with jean and we camped at nearby campground for the previous night. we also met Lisa who led the SPS trip on the trail.
Posted Jan 12, 2014 12:14 am

McCannster27th CA Co HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2013

McCannster

Super warm winter day, but still a little snow lingered near the top. Awesome views. 5 hr 45 min ctc, with a nice little stroll over to Pt. 5642 added for good measure.
Posted Dec 28, 2013 8:57 pm

youngclimer123tons of tics  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2013

youngclimer123

picked 8 tics off me on that hike.anyways hike was great!and dont forget that the tower is not the top!
Posted Apr 28, 2013 12:34 pm

soslawSanta Lucia Trail   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2012

soslaw

Nice views of the Ventana Wilderness to the west and distant view of the Sierras to the east.
Posted Oct 17, 2012 5:09 pm

Vic HansonBrushy!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2012

Vic Hanson

As has been said the trail is in serious need of brushing, my bare shins got pretty beat up. But it was a nice hike, nice warm day and good views. I rode my motorcycle up Nacimiento Road from Hwy 1 and then hiked up from Santa Lucia trailhead. Up in 2:44 and down in 2:19, not bad for an old man! Quite a peak, it is on 20 lists on Peakbagger.com!
Posted Jul 8, 2012 7:54 pm

JonodoSanta Lucia Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2011

Jonodo

Finally made it on my 3rd attempt. The first we didn't even get to the trailhead as Del Venturi Road was closed. The second was in a large storm where high winds and rain forced me to turnaround 200 feet from the summit. The trail need some trimming. The last half mile is pretty hard to follow and leads to some bushwacking. The views are great and the Indians area is really awesome.
Posted Dec 22, 2011 11:59 am

thexcatSanta Lucia Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2011

thexcat

Excellent hike though lots of brush on the trail. Fabulous summit views atop the rickety tower. With PG.
Posted Dec 6, 2011 12:55 pm

LincolnBTrail overgrown  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2011

LincolnB

The last 1.5 miles of the trail was badly overgrown -- had to push my way through the chaparral, 2-7 feet high. Fresh snow the night before didn't help. Otherwise a great climb. Surprised this isn't better maintained -- it's the highest point in Big Sur. Slept in my car the night before near the trailhead at Santa Lucia Memorial Park -- 8 campsites, no fee, only two other sites were taken. Stream crossings on the way in were surprisingly deep but my Explorer went thru fine. FYI, you drive around Fort Hunter Liggett on the way in -- but not through the main gate; the old gate is no longer manned.
Posted May 15, 2011 10:48 pm

mpjonesDel Venturi Rd. creek crossings closed
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2011

mpjones

I thought three solid weeks of sunshine would mean low creeks and passable roads, but I was wrong. Del Venturi Rd. was gated at the first creek crossing, which looked to be about 80 feet wide and 1 or 2 feet deep. The lesson: call ahead for conditions before driving three hours to a place that might not be open. Fort Hunter Liggett road conditions: (831) 386-3866. According to a 1/4/11 press release on their website, the road will likely remain closed through spring.

A couple info sources give an alternate route for when the creek is closed. Basically, you continue north on Mission Rd. (take the road to the right of the one that goes to the mission) until you reach Milpitas Rd., then go west until Milpitas meets up with the standard access route.

I followed this alternate for a little over a mile, but there were two signs warning that this was a training area and access requires a permit. The signs were small and faded (in fact, I only noticed the first one as I was leaving) but I decided not to take my chances with the U.S. military. This route does seem to check out in Google Earth, ie, you could probably get away with it.
Posted Jan 22, 2011 8:17 pm

JillianVBeautiful Hike!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2011

JillianV

Our first attempt was unsuccessful as snow had covered the trail to the summit & weather was not permitting. But on our second attempt with the Peak Climbing chapter of the Sierra Club, we made it! It was a blast. It was a treat to have about 2 feet of snow on the backside of the mountain..making it a nice challenge to reach the top. The trail can be difficult to spot towards to end due to fallen trees. All in all, it was gorgeous out there. I would love to see all the wildflowers in the Spring as well..Happy trails!
Posted Jan 10, 2011 7:44 pm

David NaylorBirthday Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2010

David Naylor

Smell of lupines everpresent for most of the drive to the trailhead and lush fields of this fragrant flower growing in the valley and lower elevations. Wonderful views! Spring here is awesome!
Photos: http://www.meetup.com/Wildcat-Adventure-Club/photos/915579/
Posted Jul 27, 2010 1:28 am

ReedleyHikerFirst hike in years  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2010

ReedleyHiker

In retrospect I should have prepared a bit more for this hike, but it was a very nice hike. Sunny with a cool breeze all the way up, visuals of the ocean over the western mountains, and beautiful foliage. 6 hours up and 3 down. It certainly got the hiking bug in me! Take plenty of water! Proudly signed the register at the summit :)

Incidentally, once you get in the pine trees, there's a sign posted on a tree that says "Water" and points off the trail to the left. I was low on water so took the bait, but could find no water source anywhere. I assume there's a spring somewhere nearby - anybody know where and how far off the trail that water source is? Might be helpful to other hikers.
Posted May 18, 2010 1:55 pm

mrchad9Rattlesnake!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2006

mrchad9

After all the hiking on bigger mountains, got the scare of my life nearly stepping on a rattlesnake on the way down, was only 1/2 step away from it and still 5 miles from the trailhead. I backed off and it wouldn't budge of the trail. Had to bushwack through chest high chaparral to get by.
Posted May 9, 2010 5:42 am

BrendanHickeyBest time of year to go  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2010

BrendanHickey

Perfect day for this peak: great weather but not too hot, not many bugs, fragrant fields of purple lupine. Trail easy to follow all the way to the summit. Go now before the brush all grows back!
Posted May 5, 2010 10:00 am

SeanReedyAgain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2009

SeanReedy

Came to camp for a night and see the recovery from the fire. Finally came at the right time to avoid ticks.
Posted Dec 26, 2009 6:08 pm

SkyPilot84Santa Lucia Trail  Sucess!

SkyPilot84

Made it all the way up the tower.
Posted Dec 14, 2009 12:43 pm

DundeelFrom Memorial  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2009

Dundeel

Excellent weather. Sun and temps in the 60's. Lots of brush trying to remove your skin. Yuccas jabbing your shins. Saw cougar tracks on the trail near the summit. There were 20 some geology students scattered across the rocks near Memorial. Saw a large bright green meteor plummet towards the ocean. It disappeared below the ridge to west and was clearly visible in the daylight. All in all, a great hike. CA Cohp 5/58, CA P4k 1/16.
Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:23 pm

fedakPost Fire Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2009

fedak

Opening day trip after the fire closure lifted.
Pics are here.
Posted May 12, 2009 6:16 pm

NoonduelerSpring '98  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 1998

Noondueler

Went to Death Valley next day on a 2 week window between the storms.
Posted Nov 4, 2008 11:30 pm

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