USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Ventura County, about 13 miles southwest of Gorman, 85 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Ventura County|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topo||Alamo Mountain 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Alamo Mountain, McDonald Peak, Snowy Peak, Black Mountain #2, Cobblestone Mountain, White Mountain #2
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 2 miles round trip on road
- Gain: 500'
- Time: 1 hour round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Easy
- Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions
Original: Warren E. von Pertz
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Go north on I-5 to the town of Gorman. Get off on the signed Gorman
- Turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp and go under the freeway.
- Go 0.1 mile to Peace Valley Road. Turn right.
- Go 1 mile to the entrance to Hungry Valley Recreation Area on your
left (paved). Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
- At 0.2 miles, entrance station. If manned, you can
avoid payment of the fee by telling the State Park employee that you are
passing through to Alamo Mountain.
- At 5.2 miles, intersection. Turn right (west) toward "Piru Creek",
- At 11.2 miles, improved car camping area on right, with toilets.
Often used as a meeting point.
- At 11.4 miles, Piru Creek crossing. There is a seasonal gate just
before this stream crossing.
- At 13.4 miles, the pavement ends.
- At 17.8 miles, fork to the left. Keep right.
- At 17.9 miles, junction with the Alamo Mountain Road. Go straight.
Note your odometer again and go as follows:
- At 3.3 miles, fork immediately beyond a small road cut through the
ridge. To the right leads to Alamo Mountain
Route 1. Turn left.
- At 4.0 miles, the road forks at the Little Mutau trailhead. Turn left.
Past this point the road can sometimes be poor but is usually passable.
- At 6.3 miles, the parking spot for McDonald Peak.
- At 7.2 miles, a dirt berm, a sign indicating no further motor
vehicle traffic, and
a large parking area, suitable
for car camping. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (6500'), pass the gate and hike east on the old
road for 1 mile to the obvious high point of the road.
- The rocky summit
outcrop that contains the register is located about 20 yards to the left
(north) of the road at this point.