Long fire road approach, then the one steep section crossing the knife edge, which has eroded quite a bit from previous reports, and continuing up scree and rock until topping out on a pleasant summit plateau. You need to be careful on the 50 foot section which is most eroded – good foot placements but steep drops. All in all it looks worse than it is.
Fine view of the Channel Islands from the summit
This is a nice hike, although largely exposed to the sun so be sure to plan accordingly. The hike is pleasant enough, leading up to much hyped knife edge section which turned out to be not much of a concern after all. A use trail goes below for the first half of this section, then if you just be sure to watch your foot placement on the knife edge it's hard to call this more than easy class 2. Yeah there is exposure if you fall but there are no tricky moves to make. Going up the very steep slope was much harder, the rock was loose and we tired quickly. Then there is a false summit to add another punch to the gut. On descent we didn't have the trouble we thought we might, and the knife edge was easily traversed.
Bad weather in northern CA pushed me south to visit one of my remaining prominent peaks in CA. Nice walk (briefly) along the stream in Lion Canyon. Not much views due to clouds, but was above them much of the day... started raining on the way down. Bit of snow remained on north aspects.
2 night backpack from Piedra Blanca Trailhead. Sespe Creek Trail, Red Reef Trail, Lion Canyon Trail. Trail journal at: http://journeytojmt.blogspot.com/2012/01/solo-through-sespe-to-hines-peak.html
Got permit and hiked from the end of Nordhoff Road. Saddle below Hines is a little exposed but someone has improved it by cutting steps.
Got a permit and gate lock combination which was a minor hassle and drove up on Nordhoff Ridge Road. Climbed Topatopa Bluff which had incredible views, then over to Hines which is a fun scramble for the final climb. Finally, drove back down the road to Chief Peak to finish up a pretty easy day.
via Sisar Canyon. Perfect weather for a 30 miler.
Heavily overcast skies, but stayed dry most of the day. Poor views from the summit. Downpour just before returning to the trailhead. Trip Report
via Sisar Canyon Trail was 4-6 inches of snow, very strange to hike in snow right in own backyard.
It's a long way.