Went up the old exit? road from the Christmas Tree Farm. Quick bag. On the way out a ranger was manning the locked gate I stepped around, I got nervous but he didn't say anything from his truck as I stepped around again and disappeared on the other side of the HW-35.
Again walked up the road, through the open gate to the left and stomped around the high ground. Could not see the benchmark this time,
Walked up the road and onto the xmas tree farm. Found the pipe and benchmark.
There were three park rangers at the trailhead to long ridge inspecting vehicles when I left to visit Mount Mcpherson. I think they were preparing to give tickets. One of them was making a joke to the other two about a purse sitting on the seat of one vehicle, stating "who wants it."
There are NO PARKING signs posted along the road everywhere near the road leading up to Mount McPherson so best just to drive up and meet the owner of the property.
While on the way to Chalk Mountain made the short side trip to this one. Easy to find, there was a large sign on the road advertising the tree farm. Drove up to the parking area, and the owner came out to greet me....he had on a shirt which referred to hiking which made me feel better about the intrusion. He said he gets about 25 high pointers a year and proceeded to walk me up to the benchmark and watched as I walked around the top for a minute. On the way back to my car I told him of my plan to hike Chalk Mountain and he had just been to Big Basin SP last week!
Very thankful for the hospitality, I would suggest visiting on a weekend in December and not sneaking this one out of respect for how accommodating the owner is. Sneak ascents make sense when access in an issue, but in this case that is not so. TR is HERE.
After bagging Loma Prieta, my tour of private property peaks in the area continued. This was an easy drive up and not very exciting, especially in the dark. Drove over to Long Ridge afterwards.
plus a little extra
A climber's log from last year reported the farm appeared to be closed -- hoping the closure was temporary I figured I'd try to kill two birds with one stone -- make a summit attempt and fulfill my wife's requirement that we get a tree as a family event. So I loaded my wife and two grumpy teenagers in the car and headed up. Yep, it's still closed. The gate had a big sign "No Trespassing" in foot-high letters, and "No Parking" signs lined the road on both sides. On the other side of the gate, lying on the ground, was a broken piece of a sign advertising Christmas trees. Pity.
I was heading down to hike Junipero Serra and figured I'd give this one a shot. Some of the previous log entries led me to think I'd have a shot outside of the usual 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. I made it but I was a little worried that someone from the nearby house would give me a hard time. There are definitely people out and about on the farm.
There were several cars parked out front.
Tagging a handful of county highpoints with Matthew. Trip Report
This place needs Buddy the elf! The tree farm appears to no longer be in business. There were some trailers near the hp so I didn't linger. CA cohp 15/58, Cohp #90
After a scheduled trip to long ridge a few of us drove over and asked workers at the tree farm to visit the HP there. They had no issues but thought we were nuts, and seemed a bit disappointed they weren't about to sell a half dozen trees.
Drove up first week of Dec 2007. Stumbled around in the trees for a minute to find the benchmark and then left.
Bagged this on a bike ride up highway 9 and down black road. Did a little cyclocross riding up to the summit and back to the road.
ok so it wasn't a big deal. Alex, Jeff and i did this plus San Mateo and San Francisco today. Miles driven 187. Miles hiked .5
Fun day anyway.
This may be the worst county highpoint in CA.
Twasn't bad, county high point, done, never need to go up there again. Oh, wait, i did go up there again, on Dec 8 07 whilst on a very cold bike ride.