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06A

Peak Mountain

5843'

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

Maps

Auto ClubSanta Barbara County
Forest ServiceLos Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS ToposPeak Mountain 7½, Bates Canyon 7½ (Driving Route 1)
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 570K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: McPherson Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 1 mile round trip on firebreak
Gain: 400'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: John Backus

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive north on 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, then west on SR 166.
  • From New Cuyama, go west 12.8 miles to the Cottonwood Canyon Road (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 (5440'), hike west up a firebreak less than 1/2 mile to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 6 1/2 miles round trip from McPherson Peak
Gain: 1000' total, 600' out plus 400' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy, strenuous 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 1/2 mile to the summit.

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