Reached through the fence to touch the summit rock in a complete white-out. I'll bet the views are great!
Seems to be pretty lax in regards to security with Loma Prieta, but I chose Christmas Eve as a low key day to get up there. I do not much enjoy sneak-bagging. Parked at the standard spot and hiked up the road. I was offered help twice from locals but told them I was just headed for LP and they said great, have fun! After passing through a couple negatively signed areas I found the classic hole in the fence to touch the HP. I ran into an elderly gentleman who is a local and runs this peak 5x per week. He told me the day they opened Umunhum he ran the ridge line connecting these two peaks and that Midpen gave him an earful upon arrival and I don't believe they let him return that route. My uncle told me they used to hunt up here back in the day, let us enjoy our mountains!
Parked on Summit Road and hiked up, through an open gate. Saw a work truck at the summit so did not linger. No views on drizzly winter day. No hassle either.
Bald Peaks, Fern Peak, Mt. Chual, Crystal Peak, and Loma Prieta from Calero County Park with Mason, Eric, and John. We saw a worker exit a building on Loma Prieta, but he didn't seem to notice us.
Parked in Uvas Canyon County Park after saying hello to a couple of Swedish folks. Took the Knibbs Knob trail up, taking the spur to Knibbs Knob, then continuing up to Summit Road. Walked the ridge roads like Kwai Chang Caine, nodding and waving to those who belonged as they passed by in their cars and trucks, and found myself looking up at the final road to take to the top. I went 50 feet, then noticed the start of an old jeep road off to the left. Stayed with the line to the top even though the bush had taken over. Sat myself and my knapsack down on the north end of the plateau and took in the world below.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
I had your comment in mind Chad, your comment about those of us here in the Bay Area eventually needing to make the pilgrimage up Loma Prieta, as I marched up Knibbs Knob Trail and then along the dusty ridge to the top. It's a relatively small brotherhood, those of us in the Bay Area who have a fascination with high places. I'm glad to share that fascination with you.
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.
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'.
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.
Drove down to the bay area to pick up LP and 4 others and tick off another P2K.
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.
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.
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.
This was a much better route than the last time, no hassles from land owners. Trip Report