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SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: May 28, 1995  Sucess!


Did this when I was working on the CA county high points. This was one of my favorite coastal peaks- Amazing pine cones at the top (Coulter and Sugar Pines)- these cones weigh 2-4 pounds each!
Posted Jan 4, 2006 8:59 pm

kaos14Route Climbed: Santa Lucia trail Date Climbed: 12/11/2004  Sucess!


Hiked up with a group of 9 friends. Once we reached the ridge the trail was somewhat overgrown and I wished that I had worn long pants. It was hotter than we expected and exposed most of the way, and most of us ran out of water before we returned to the trailhead.
Posted Oct 19, 2005 1:43 pm

Trail DogRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: September 4, 2005  Sucess!
HOT! Started at around 3:00pm. Returned in the twilight. Constant barage of bugs. Tons of poison oak. Trail was somewhat overgrown in the first couple miles. At least I didn't get any ticks. Ran into a rattlesnake on the switchbacks before the saddle. Views were good. Definitely wouldn't do it again in the summer though.
Posted Sep 21, 2005 6:34 pm

hagertypRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with Brian Kalet. Round trip took 5:05. Bring a lot of water, and expect to get scratches from the overgrown shrubs lining the trails. The mountain is far enough inland that there is no coastal breeze. The heat caused some problems for my partner, an experienced mountaineer, and I ran out of water before the summit. Furthermore, there was a 200 yard stretch just before the summit that had some annoying swarms of flies. The mountain is beautiful with some of the most impressive views on the approach. Enjoy!
Posted Aug 22, 2005 4:25 pm

Brian KaletRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

Climbed with Paul Hagerty.
Posted Aug 22, 2005 4:06 pm

micccRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!
Perfect day for a beautiful peak. Excellent weather, lots of water in the creek and tons of wildflowers. Snakes are plentiful, as is the poison oak.
Posted May 31, 2005 11:01 am

keemaRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: May 21, 2005  Sucess!


The weather was a little warm but a breeze higher up helped keep things nice. Met two other SPers (whose name escape me right now) at the summit. Didn't think to look in the shed for a summit register. The views of the Salinas Valley (to east), Santa Lucia Range, and Pacific were great. Saw quite a few snakes, lizards, squirrels, and birds. Just an overall great day. (CA CoHP #20)
Posted May 22, 2005 10:56 am

cjrandallRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail from Memorial Park Date Climbed: January 2002  Sucess!


Had a great winter hike and only saw a tad bit of snow on the northern flanks up high. Brush was dense in this section of trail, and I had to climb through quite a bit while there.
Posted May 12, 2005 12:46 pm

derbillyRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: April 30, 2005  Sucess!


A beautiful spring hike with abundant wildflowers at the lower portion of the trail.
Posted May 3, 2005 11:27 am

puma_patrickRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: March 26, 2005  Sucess!


The National Forest needs to call the landscaper and have the bushes cut, three miles worth! Beautiful spring day with lots of lupins and lizzards. Snow on the lea side of the mtn from the storm earlier in the week. TAKE LOTS OF H2O! 3:31 to summit,7:17 round trip, with a half hour break.
Posted Mar 27, 2005 1:39 pm

fedakRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail (main trail) Date Climbed: 2006-01-16  Sucess!


Couple feet of snow on the peak and the trail was a mess from the recent storms, but it was a beautiful day and visibility from the peak was outstanding.

Pics here
Posted Jan 17, 2005 3:10 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: 11 June, 2004  Sucess!


This was by far one of the most trying physical endeavour's I have undertaken (13er Mt. Dana that I did 2 weeks after this was like a cake walk!).

Left crib in Oaktown 8.25, arriving at parking lot across from ranger station @ 11.35. Approach roads are great- only county roads I've been on where 140mph speeds attainable! Got things together when ranger arrived. Found out I'd passed the actual 'entrance' to the trail 'parking lot' by about 100 yards. Went to TH, cracked a brew, left TH @ 12.06. (**note: it is a BAD idea to start this trail around noon in summer conditions.**)

Tried to keep good pace, but heat was relentless. By the time I was on the latter portion of the trail (unshaded, heat-absorbing due to oppressive shrub vegetation), I was in the process of getting my ass kicked. My profound stubbornness prevailed over my intelligence, however, & I continued onward. After a few hours of extreme discomfort & honestly foreseeing heat exhaustion/stroke as a likely outcome, I staggered to the summit, sick to my stomach & on the brink of collapsing.

After crawling up the summit lookout, I ate my half burrito, cracked my 2nd Fat Tire, attempted to relax, & took it to a higher level. After hanging out for awhile, I felt much better, & enjoyed the serene setting, the little birds swooping by all over the place at high rates of speed. It was cool being able to check out Cone Peak, the Salinas Valley, & the Pacific in the distance. Thought at times that I would break through those decrepit boards that make up the "floor" of the lookout!

Leaving the summit, the return was much more pleasant (it had cooled down a lot- starting temp of my bike's coolant was 82F upon returning), & I arrived back at the trailhead at 19.04, & my bike @ 19.05. Leaving at 19.09, I got back to the pad @ 22.56, to go climbing at the Leap the next day (full weekend!).

A beautiful mountain and area, but do not challenge it under a summer (or late spring, as the case may be) sun!!

Posted Jun 30, 2004 5:27 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: May 15, 1998  Sucess!

Bob Burd

A nice spring outing with Michael, one of our first together. Trip Report
Posted Jun 19, 2004 11:36 am

flexter17Route Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: 06/07/2004  Sucess!
Definitely an exhausting hike.. warm temperatures and plentiful sunshine helped me drain my 100 oz camelbak pretty much by the time I reached the summit. Beautiful scenery was abundant.. the trail was overgrown a little bit in spots, but not too bad. At the beginning we passed through a forest of poison oak.. yay! Although I bathed myself in DEET.. there was still a constant barage of annoying flies almost the entire way to the summit. Also ran across a rattlesnake at the summit near where the shed was located.. but that was cool!
Posted Jun 19, 2004 11:07 am

daveheadRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: 6/7/04  Sucess!
Took 2 east coast friends up as preparation for a hike up to White Mountain. I knew this would be a strenuous hike but without the altitude. It proved to be so as temperatures were quite warm at the beginning, in the upper 80s, but nice at the summit, around 70. We drank lots of water and acutally drianed our 100 oz camelbaks about 1/3rd of the way back down. Lots of water is definately recommended in the summer. The trail was a little overgrown as I think a lot of the trails in the Los Padres National Forest are becoming.
Posted Jun 15, 2004 8:10 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail with south gully option Date Climbed: 31st January 2004  Sucess!


Since there are several variations on the Santa Lucia trail, we (hyperbolictans and rgreene) followed the south gully route up to the ridge line. Originally planned on taking the northern ridge route but missed the turn somewhere (someone wanna post a waypoint coordinate for that!). Nice hike. Climbed the observation tower at the top and had a nice view of the ocean. The view east isn't that great because of the tall trees but the view west is excellent. The hut is a great place to have lunch and get warm. Highly recommended route in the winter - summer would cook you on the ridge I think.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 1:56 pm

rgreeneRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: 31 January 2004  Sucess!


Nice hike in excellent January weather. Just the smallest traces of snow left (almost none on trail, though I did manage to slip on the little 6 inch long piece!). Ridge winds made the last bit pretty cold. Found the summit register (in the hut), had lunch, and round tripped it in just under 6 hours. (CA COHP#13)
Posted Feb 1, 2004 12:29 am

LippoDate Climbed: August 10 2002  Sucess!


My first California hike. A good work out. 107 degrees. Ran out of water half way down. Take lots of water.
Posted Nov 22, 2003 7:29 am

mpyleDate Climbed: December 1999  Sucess!


A neat hike in the winter. Typical California chapparal down low, and snow up top.
Posted Jul 5, 2003 3:57 am

MishaRoute Climbed: Santa Lucia Trail Date Climbed: March 29th, 2003  Sucess!


What a wonderful day-hike! Weather was absolutely gorgeous! We ran only into one couple on the trail, so we had this mountain pretty much for ourselves most of the day. Hike up from Memorial Park took slightly over 3 hours, descend ~2 hours. Only one downside - huge amount of flies on the trail. We hoped to avoid them due to the early season, but apparently they already sensed warm weather and beginning of the summer. All in all, day very well spent!
Posted Mar 29, 2003 9:59 pm

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