El Sombroso 2x CC / NN

Jun 13, 2023
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previously climbed Dec 6, 2005
later climbed Jun 15, 2023

El Sombroso is located in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mtns. It used to be the OSP highpoint until nearby Mt. Umunhum was acquired and folded into the OSP. It had been 18yrs since I last paid a visit, at that time I was heading to Mt. Umunhum when it was still closed to the public. Today's outing was no such thrash-fest, really just a training exercise to get me in some sort of shape for the Sierra Challenge which isn't too far off. The outing is about 12mi with 3,000ft of gain from my starting point off Kennedy Rd in Los Gatos, all on dirt roads. I got an early start so as to beat the 80F temps expected in the afternoon. The highpoint is located just off a utility road next to a transmission tower. Most folks simply go to the top of the road and call it good, but with my OCD I spent about 10min working my way through a poison oak jungle to get to the highpoint buried in a wooded thicket. I was done by 11:30a, having spent about four and a quarter hours on the effort.

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