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bodywiseLoma Prieta Passage
The residents claim this is a private road. It is not. The road has been used by the public for decades well before most of these homes were built. They are illegally claiming private passage. They simply need to be legally challenged. They will lose.
Posted Dec 6, 2014 3:44 pm

cabRoad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014


Like a peakbagging ninja, I stealthily drove the road under cover of darkness to a point where I encountered a locked gate around one mile short of the summit where three roads fork. From there, I walked to the summit topping out under a very bright full moon. Since it was somewhere around 4:30am, I did not see anyone the entire time. I then continued on to Mt. Bielewski and Long Ridge bagging both of those before 6am.
Posted Aug 11, 2014 10:12 am

YoungHillary12Western Face Bushwack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2014
To avoid any trouble with the landowners and anyone else guarding this pristine land, I decided to forge another route to the summit. I managed to bushwhack my way up the western face, chopping through dense chaparral with a stick. I stumbled across an old marijuana farm and was forced to drink out of a stream near the summit when my water supply ran out. Nevertheless, at least I had another high point under by belt...
Posted Apr 19, 2014 9:33 pm

ericnoelLoma Prieta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2014


Just a basic roadwalk. It would be pretty hard to claim ignorance on this one as you go past four separate sets of signs. On the descent I encountered the ranger and he let me off with a verbal warning.
Posted Feb 15, 2014 9:25 pm

trexkerryWith Knibbs from Uvas Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2013
Quite the steep trail up to Knibbs, followed by gentle road walking to the summit of Loma Prieta. Saw a maintenance worker on top but he said it was fine that I was up there. Trip report is HERE.
Posted Dec 31, 2013 12:20 am

mrchad9Uvas Canyon County Park   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2013


I suppose every serious Bay Area peakbagger needs to make the pilgrimage up Loma Prieta at least once...

I started in Uvas County park, not the shortest route, but it has a lovely stream and small waterfalls this time of year, very nice. Once on the private property roads I did not have any hassles, even with a few cars driving by. Even saw a couple others out on a walk or bikeride on this fine sunny day, no way of knowing if they were residents or not. Same with me I suppose.

There is a nice hole cut into the fence so the highpoint is easily reached from the outside.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:54 pm

DundeelRanger Talk
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2010


Just as I prepared to leave my truck, parked at the Loma Prieta Road "residents only" junction, an Open Space District Ranger showed up and made it clear that I was not allowed to hike up the road. He said that an access plan may be developed in the future to allow legal access.
Posted Dec 10, 2010 11:36 pm

boyblueFrom Uvas Park  Sucess!


This was probably the summer of 1973... My friend and I were just looking for a safe place to get 'high' (the non-hiking way). We started exploring the fire road that led out of Uvas Canyon and eventually, followed the ridge all the way to the top of the peak. It was totally spontaneous. No food or water. I was wearing a pair of cheap sandals. Hours later we got back to the car- me with bloody toes and both of us dehydrated with raging cases of the 'munchies'.
Posted Sep 7, 2010 10:51 pm

BrendanHickeyFrom Uvas parking lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2010


Great hike. The many No Trespassing signs were a little worrisome. Interesting rock shelter, abandoned metal cabin, and USGS benchmark at the top. Even the road section after Uvas was good, with great views, aftermath of forest fire, and a few seemingly abandoned homes.
Posted Jan 9, 2010 2:52 pm

derbillyBay Area Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2008


Drove down to the bay area to pick up LP and 4 others and tick off another P2K.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 12:06 am

CalGoatRoad Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2009


Went up the road with no issues. Walked around the radio stuff and took some photos, but no one was around so I don't know if they still hassle hikers up there. A couple of cars passed me on the "closed" part of the road but again, no problems. The views are decent at the top, but like others have said, the antenna arrays block any kind of panorama.
Posted Apr 17, 2009 6:49 pm

ericwillhiteRoad hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008


Hadn't checked website so had no info on this climb. Got to first gate, decided to drive on. Saw the second gate and signs and worried about leaving my car there with locals driving by...went back to first gate and parked. After 20 minutes debate, started walking up. Since I was carring both my kids (60lbs)on me, I figured locals would be nice...they were.
Posted Jul 23, 2008 12:17 am

Jared RaderRoute climbed: Uvas Canyon>Loma Prieta & Highland Road> Loma Prieta  Sucess!
I have climbed Loma Prieta Twice. The climb up Uvas Canyon I can remember as being strenuous, but once you hit Summit Rd the climb is smooth sailing ahead. The people who live in this area are much friendlier than the people around Mt. Umunhum, and I have never had problems from locals while hiking around "private" roads in the area. I have been lucky enough to summit via the service roads on days when no one is around. Overall, there's a lot of antennas at the top and the good views are on the north side.
Posted May 13, 2007 3:47 am

Bob BurdFrom Uvas Canyon County Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2007

Bob Burd

This was a much better route than the last time, no hassles from land owners. Trip Report
Posted Jan 7, 2007 5:06 pm

mlarkin2002From the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2005
A quick jog up and down the road. Good views.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 11:05 pm

OJ LoennekerClimbed several times  Sucess!

OJ Loenneker

I used to live right off summit road for about four years. During that time I have tooled around the area. I have been to the summit several times, and been chased off several other times by my "neighbors" who do not like people up there...
Posted Jun 24, 2006 10:06 am

Matt WorsterFrom Uvas Canyon  Sucess!

Matt Worster

Nice hike up the canyon, then a little road hiking for variety :-)
Posted Apr 7, 2006 1:33 am

SpiceManRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: Jan O4  Sucess!


It was really cool. I went when it was snowing there.

Awesome mountain!
Posted Jan 15, 2006 6:00 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Drive Up Date Climbed: 11/4/5  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

The gates were open and I drove to the summit. This was a mistake. An employee was in one of the communication towers and he let me know that I was trespassing and they usually call the Sheriff to have him deal with trespassers. He looked like he was FBI or CIA or just an SOB. Foggy on top and no view to be had.
Posted Nov 9, 2005 6:28 pm

AbraxasRoute Climbed: From Uvas Canyon, then to Summit Road Date Climbed: July 24, 2004  Sucess!
This was a fairly easy hike--all the work is done when hiking from Uvas County Park up to Summit Road. From Summit Road, it is more or less a stroll.

Views from the top are good, but you never get a grand sweeping view because there are towers everywhere. Also took a little work to find a route between all the fences to get near the highest point on the mountain. There was a surprising sea breeze coming up from the (visible) ocean on the hot July day while coming up Summit Road.

We hit Nibbs Knob on the way back down to the Uvas parking lot. It's certainly easier on the way down than it is on the way up.
Posted Sep 20, 2005 7:02 pm

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