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davidsangerDrove to summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2014
Got permits online, then called Hollister BLM office for combo for the locked gate.

No problem.

Came in via Clear Creek Road, off Coalinga Road, 16 miles off Hwy 25 south of Hollister. Had 4WD to the summit but road condition was good.

details at BLM site
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/recreation/clear_creek_recreation.html

and to buy permits
http://1.usa.gov/10F4zDX

Posted Nov 8, 2014 11:40 pm

ericnoelSan Benito  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2013

ericnoel

One more Toyota powered ascent for me.
Posted Sep 29, 2013 9:43 pm

Bob BurdDrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2013

Bob Burd

Came to tag a bunch of other summits in the area, but made a second visit to the highest one. The Management Area is still closed but ungated, at least via the New Idria entrance. Trip Report.
Posted Mar 6, 2013 11:39 am

JonodoMexican Lakes Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2012

Jonodo

Hiked this one from the turnout from Mexican Lakes Road. About 2 miles RT. We hiked it at night due to the closure of the Clear Creek area. There was only one sign indicating road closures past New Idria. Roads were passable with high ground clearance. New Idria was interesting and a little creepy.
Posted Jan 17, 2012 12:38 am

mrchad9Drive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2006

mrchad9

Drove right up to the summit block with 4WD, was in no mood to hike after a midnight excursion up Table Mountain/Kings County the night/morning before.
Posted May 9, 2010 6:22 am

AbraxasMinimum Asbestos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2009
The mountain is still closed due to asbestos, but when it's covered in snow, there isn't much to worry about. I had failed to summit Big Pine Mountain the prior day (1.5 ft of snow toward the top and the days are short), so had to "settle" for this one instead. Was surprised to find so much snow in Clear Creek--the treeless sections looked like ski slopes. The snow was only half a foot deep at the peak, so the hiking was not too bad.

Came in from just above New Idria since my Mitsubishi Eclipse is not so good on snow. I also didn't want to draw attention either way. Took a less-used route up (judging by the complete lack of tracks in the snow), but came down the standard way most people come up. This was helpful, because a couple trucks had driven to the peak in the prior two days (since it snowed), so could move faster hiking in their tracks. 14 miles RT.

Everything on the summit was covered in snow. Took the obligatory picture on the nice summit block, but could not find the corresponding USGS market, even with the coordinates. Cleared a few flat spots, but eventually gave up as I didn't want to spend any more time dallying around than was necessary.
Posted Dec 16, 2009 10:03 pm

Dennis PoulinShort Road Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2004

Dennis Poulin

I hiked the last mile up the road, but could have driven
Posted Dec 12, 2009 8:39 pm

WallylongridgeMy Dentist  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2001

Wallylongridge

I was doing this HP and my Dentist was on the MTN. I did'nt even know he was into HPing. if that was'nt a little strange.
Posted Apr 21, 2007 1:43 am

mlarkin2002Bonus Peak included  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2004
Bonus peak after San Benito was San Carlos. Found an old vertical mine shaft that was _very_ deep.
Posted Oct 13, 2006 10:30 am

surgentInteresting peak  Sucess!

surgent

Drove up from New Idria to below the top, hiked the last mile. New Idria is one of the creepiest places on the planet.
Posted Sep 13, 2006 3:16 pm

derbillySan Benito and San Carlos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2004

derbilly

After being stymied by a landowner in Parkfield we decided to make our way to San Benito. I was glad we had taken Mike's jeep since the road was muddy and steep in a few spots. San Carlos, an ok hike had no views due to the high brush at the top.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 3:28 pm

cjrandallDrive Up (Almost)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2002

cjrandall

Came out with some friends from work, they were interested in the drive. My little 4x4 Suzuki Sidekick doesn't have a very large gas tank (8 gallons), so had to carry gas in a gas can and fill up on the drive up! This place is REMOTE!

Could have driven all the way to the summit, but chose to hike the last mile, making for an easy 2-mile roundtrip stroll and about 800 feet elevation gain. View from the summit was great all around.

Came back for a second trip in the summer of 2002 and hit the summit again, and picked up all the geocaches in CCMA while on that visit. Nice area to visit, would return.

Lots of motorcycles, though, and the noise was a bit annoying. A couple dudes on bikes came riding right up to the summit while I was there. How obnoxios!
Posted Jun 29, 2006 2:28 pm

McCannsterGood peak bag, no view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2006

McCannster

Pretty fun day of navigating the maze of dirt roads that is the Clear Creek Management Area. We got to the highpoint in the fog, with no view at all. We then drove further to Wright Mountain and biked our way towards the Joaquin Rocks, yet failed to get to them. I'll be back soon.
Posted Apr 24, 2006 2:38 am

Bob BurdFrom New Idria  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2004

Bob Burd

Sounds like I did a route almost the same as Matt, below. I was bummed that I failed so miserably on Laveaga Peak in the morning, but this was a nice consolation. Trip Report
Posted Mar 9, 2006 4:38 am

Matt WorsterHike from New Idria  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006

Matt Worster

Man, missed out on my own first signing :-) We parked just above New Idria and made a 14-15 mile hike out of it. We went up on R010 on the ridge south of San Carlos Creek and down on T156 on the north ridge, checking out San Carlos Peak on the way back. Very interesting place, lots of exploring.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 8:01 pm

keemaDay Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2004

keema

I'll be the first to sign the climbers log. This was CA county high point #9 for me. It was a fun day trip out exploring. I found the abandoned town of New Idria interesting with warning signs all over about not stopping and audio and video monitoring. I parked my car at a road junction and hiked the last mile - mile and a half to the summit. There is a rockpile to climb up on to get the highest point. Stopped and had a soda and learned some of the history of New Idria at the store mentioned before heading home. I'll post some picture if I can find them
Posted Mar 4, 2006 5:51 am

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