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06B

McPherson Peak

5749'

Location: Santa Barbara County, about 8 miles west-southwest of New Cuyama, 175 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
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 700K
 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: Peak Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip
Gain: 2800'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
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, and then west on SR 166.
  • From New Cuyama, drive west on SR 166 for 2.8 miles to Aliso County Park Road (paved). Turn left.
  • Follow signs about 6 miles to Aliso County Park (campground, no fee). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the campground (2880'), hike up the trail which starts up the ridge on the west side (not shown on the topo). It goes southwest along the ridge to join the McPherson Peak Trail, shown on the topo, at 3300'.
  • Follow this trail to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 9 1/2 miles round trip
Gain: 2800'
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Alan Coles, April 1991

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Same as Driving Route 1.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the campground (2880'), hike southwest up the canyon picking up the Hog Pen Trail (named JEEP TRAIL on the map).
  • Follow this trail up to the ridge where it meets the Sierra Madre Road.
  • Turn right (northwest) and follow this road up to a saddle southeast of the summit.
  • Leave the road here and follow a trail up the ridge to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: None
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up
Navigation: None
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: John Backus

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • 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, and 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. This is the trailhead for Peak Mountain.
  • At 20.6 miles, the summit of McPherson Peak.

NOTES

The summit area has been developed as an electronic site and is surrounded by a chain link fence. Do not enter the gated area unless the gate is open and permission to pass is available. The register may not be readily found. Hikers should be prepared to place a new register and container.

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