HikingOC Annual OC peak to start mountains Summer series soon. We will start Sierra peak, a lower peak, but the elevation gain and the view will give us a great workout and an addition of viewing wildflowers Springtime.
This is a tough hike recommended only for those who have experience with hiking long distances and climbing steep slopes!
DIFFICULTY/GENERAL RATING: Level 3. You can check the RATING TABLE for more info about the hiking levels http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf
Stats: Total distance is 13+ miles, completed in about 6+ hours. Elevation gain is about 2750 ft.
Necessities: Adequate water (2 to 3 liters), hat, sunscreen, snack or light lunch, layered clothing to adjust to climate change.
Directions: Take the Green River exit off the 91 freeway, head west along the north side of the westbound lanes. Park at the end of the road passed the entrance to the golf course near the beginning of the bike trail – parking spaces are limited so carpooling is recommended.
Weather: Extreme Heat or Heavy Rain on the day of the hike will cancel the hike. So please check weather conditions and be prepared for a last minute cancellation if the weather is not cooperating.
May 2020: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/30909540/490657018/
Mar 2019: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/29793945/479559100/
Mar 2017 https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27688715,
Oct, 2016 https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27384957,
November 17, 2012 http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/11803122/
Description: Sierra Peak is a 3050 ft. mountain located between Yorba Linda and Corona just south of the 91 Frwy. We will be hiking to the towers at the Peak. On a clear day, from the summit, all four counties are visible from the Pacific ocean to the inland deserts.
The hike begins from the parking area to the trailhead, along the Santa Ana river trial to the Coal Canyon under crossing. The hike then continues from the trailhead to the summit via Pipeline Trail to Main Divide (approx. 5-1/2 miles) and back down via Main Divide and Coal Canyon Trail (approx. 7-1/2 miles) forming a 13+ mile loop. The trail to the summit begins with fire road in fairly good condition up to about 1500 ft., after that point it’s a combination of steep and very steep slopes (e.g. Dreaded hill and Elevator). This section can vary from good to rough shape and is very challenging. Once we hit Main Divide it is approx.. 1/2 mile up to the towers. We will spend about 20 minutes at the summit to regroup, take some pictures and just enjoy the view. The trail from the summit back down to the trailhead is a fire road in pretty good condition, but it can get warm, there isn’t any shade so hats and sunscreen are recommended. We will stop at Picnic Rock “aka Mini Moab” for lunch (or snack if we want to plan a lunch after the hike). We usually spend about 20-30 minutes having lunch at picnic rock before heading back down the fire road. Plan to finish the hike between 2 and 2:30pm.
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