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07G

Alamo Mountain

7360'+
(UTM 206376)

Location: Ventura County, about 10 miles southwest of Gorman, 77 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Ventura County
Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS Topo: Alamo Mountain 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: McDonald Peak, Sewart Mountain, Snowy Peak, Black Mountain #2, Cobblestone Mountain, White Mountain #2

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip cross-country through forest
Gain: 450'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Tom Hill, June 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Go north on I-5 to the town of Gorman. Get off on the signed Gorman exit.
  • 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", signed.
  • 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. Turn left. Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • At 3.3 miles, fork immediately beyond a small road cut through the ridge. Turn right.
  • At 4.5 miles, the road reaches its highest point at a shallow ridge south of the peak. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area at the shallow ridge (7020'), hike north along the crest of a gentle ridge, keeping the western drop off visible to your left to simplify navigation in this easy terrain.
  • After passing over a couple of small bumps the steeper summit area becomes visible. The register is found on a small rocky outcrop north of the more dramatic rock structures, and is the easternmost of the two highest summit bumps.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on road and use trail
Gain: 850'
Time: 1.5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Warren E. von Pertz

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Follow Driving Route 1 to the junction with Alamo Mountain Road at 17.9 miles. Turn right.
  • At 18.3 miles, junction. Turn sharp left.
  • At 18.7 miles, Twin Pines Campground. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area in the campground (6620'), hike back up the road 0.1 mile to where an old road goes up to the left. Follow this road up to where it crosses the top of the ridge.
  • Turn right on the ridge and follow it past a rock outcrop on the first bump to a rock outcrop on the second bump. The register is located on the top of this second rocky outcrop.

NOTES

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.

History of Summit Signature

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Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.


Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 27-December-2005
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