From the north via Kennedy Trail
From new Bald Mountain parking lot on Mt. Umunhum Road via Barlow Road and Woods Trail. Met a Midpen ranger twice, going on and going out.
Needed to use up leftover halloween candy, what a perfect trailfood peanut M&Ms are. Parked at Bald Mtn lookout, hiked Bald and then over to Sombroso via Barlow and Woods Roads.
Traveling on the Alma Bridge Road, from the spillway for Lexington I drove 1.2 miles to a two-car turnout across the street from a fire road. The fire road turned out to be the Priest Rock Trail. Up, up, up. Going deeper into the Sierra Azul. Mountain lion tracks. Solitude. And finally, there she was. Mt.Umunhum. :)
Nice hike, great view of Mt. Um. Insanely hot though, and saw a couple of rattlesnakes along the way.
Lots of mist and clouds on a winter day - enjoyed everything but the half hour I spent trying to make sure I actually tagged the true summit among the forest of poison oak coming at me in every direction. I say it was worth in now, but I may change my mind in a few days...trip report is HERE.
Up via Priest Rock Trail, back via Limekiln trail.
Not much of a peak . . . but the park looked fun/challenging to run/bike in. Good views before the summit of Mt Hamilton.
Four hours round trip from Kennedy Road. Nice day.
One of my earlier "death marches" as the Geocachers call them. I've been back since, given that it's not far from home
unspectacular, but decent hike from both Hicks and Lexington resevoir
Have done this several times, by bike and on foot. The 9/26/10 date was memorable because it's the only time I've seen a mountain lion -- a small one, we ran into each other coming around a corner, he took off and I followed until I lost sight of him. Or her.
Several times in the mid to late seventies. Used to do a loop up Rincon and down Reynolds Road. I believe much of this was private property at the time, but I was never harrassed. (Luckily!) I quit doing the loop while I was still ahead. Now, thirty-something years later, I'm planning to hike up the peak with family on newly opened public lands. Cool!
Wanting to visit the recent snow but not wanting to drive up into the mountains with a bunch of morons, I decided my best bet was to hike to it. So I parked at the Kennedy Road trailhead and walked up to the peak. Snow dusted the ground starting at 2000' and by the time I reached the final junction before the summit it was several inches deep. I broke trail for the final ~1/2 mile in 8 inches of snow. Should have brought my cross country skis!
GPS track and some pics:
What a difference the side of the mountain makes! Starting at Hicks Road, the climb up El Sombroso is largely shaded, well-graded, soft underfoot, and through woods with lots of running water. Not so on the backside drop to Lexington Reservoir! VERY steep in places, loose surface with difficult footing, no shade, and a surprising amount of steep climbing to accompany the descent.
Watch for the unmarked spur trail (at a saddle) to the highest transmission tower - which is near the El Sombroso summit. Coming from the Hicks Road side, this is *after* a short drop, a curve to the left, and a final climb - don't attempt to cross-country to the top from the curve! Only if you have views of the valley off to your RIGHT, *and* you have been descending for a while (more than 5 minutes) should you be concerned that you might have missed the spur.
11.8 miles total covered (with a car shuttle).
Lesson learned: do not hike this hill in the summertime. Temperatures over 100 degrees; 64 oz H2O not enough. Great views of Mt. Um and a beautiful hummingbird sighting, though.
It really does not really feel like a mountain at all, just a nub on a ridge. In fact El Sombroso itself is one of the least impressive parts of the hike. Overall though the trail offers some magnificent views of Um and neighboring peaks. Prepare for a great trail with a very unimpressive and dull summit.
I have climbed El Sombroso several times. The Woods Road route is probably easiest due to being the shortest route, but has a lot of climbing over the last two miles. The views from the top mostly suck due to heavy chaparral growth. There is a spot about 300 yards west from the summit that allows a good view of the south bay if you're standing.
I've done this a number of times, but can't remember when. It really isn't a "mountain."
Nice good Saturday morning workout, probably around 12 miles roundtrip. Not the most satisfying or spectacular summit, just the top is marked by the highest tower along a long string of powerlines.