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Location: Ventura County, about 11 miles about south-southwest of Gorman, 83 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Ventura County|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topos||Alamo Mountain 7½, Black Mountain 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Alamo Mountain, McDonald Peak, Sewart Mountain, Black Mountain #2, Cobblestone Mountain, White Mountain #2
Printable version of this route
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 6 miles round trip on road and brushy use trail
- Gain: 2100' total, 1100' out plus 1000' on return
- Time: 3-5 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
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. This is the
summit area of Sewart Mountain.
- Continue downhill
on the old road for about 0.5 mile to a fork with an obscure road on
the right, signed "Sespe Wilderness". This is the turnoff
for Cobblestone Mountain and White
- Keeping left, continue another 0.5 mile down the old
road until just east of the saddle between Sewart
Mountain and Snowy Peak, finding an obvious
short side trail trending straight but on the left.
- Climb this
steep trail, which meets the ridgeline and picks up an obvious brushed-out
trail that follows the ridgeline northeast to the summit.
Snowy Peak and Sewart Mountain are climbed with
Black Mountain #2. The trail to Black
Mountain #2 goes over Sewart Mountain and
Twin Pines Campground has a toilet but no other facilities.
Contact the USFS at (661) 245-3731 for information about the status of
the seasonal gate at the Piru Creek crossing.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.