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06A

Peak Mountain

5,843'

Location: Santa Barbara County, about 11 miles west-southwest of New Cuyama, 170 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Santa Barbara County
Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
Topo: Peak Mountain 7½, Bates Canyon 7½ (Driving Route 1)

Nearby Peaks: McPherson Peak

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass Required)
Distance: 1 mile r.t. on firebreak
Gain: 400'
Time: 1 hour r.t.
Rating: Class 1, Easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: John Backus

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive north on the I-5 past the Grapevine, to the SR 166 off-ramp. Turn left (west).
  • Follow SR 166 about 46 miles to the town of New Cuyama. New Cuyama may also be reached by a shorter but slower route by driving north from Ventura through Ojai on SR 33.
  • From New Cuyama, go west 12.8 miles to the Cottonwood Canyon Road (Forest Route 11N01). Turn left, note your odometer, and go as follows:
  • At 4.9 miles, fork. Go left. The road narrows here.
  • At 6.5 miles, White Oak Ranger Station and campground. Keep straight.
  • At 6.8 miles, the pavement ends at a gate with a sign "Bates Canyon Road".
  • At 12.7 miles, junction with Sierra Madre Road. Turn left (east).
  • At 17.5 miles, a saddle with a wide parking area on left. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

From the parking area (5,440') hike west up a firebreak less than ½ mile to the summit.


ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass Required)
Distance: 6½ miles r.t. from McPherson Peak
Gain: 1000 feet total, 600 feet out plus 400 feet on the return to McPherson
Time: 3 hours r.t.
Rating: Class1; Easy (Strenuous when combined with McPherson Peak Route #2)
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O" (normal conditions)

Original: John Backus

DRIVING ROUTE 2

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From McPherson Peak, Peak Mountain is the third major hill along the ridge to the west, with a narrow firebreak going up its face.
  • Go northwest down the ridge of McPherson Peak to the Sierra Madre Road.
  • Hike 3 miles west on Sierra Madre Road to the saddle just east of Peak Mountain.
  • Hike west up a firebreak less than ½ mile to the summit.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 23-Jun-2002
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