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Sierra Peak via Coal Canyon - Intermediate Plus

  • Nov 17, 2012 · 7:00 AM
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This is tough hike recommended only for those who have experience with hiking long distances and climbing steep slopes.

Description: Sierra Peak is a 3050 ft. mountain located between between Yorba Linda and Corona just south of the 91 Fwy. 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, this is a 1.3 mile hike along the Santa Ana river trial. The hike then continues from the trailhead to the summit and back forming a 11+ mile loop. The trail from the trailhead to the summit begins with a gradual incline and then gets more moderate up to about 1500 ft., after that point it's a combination of steep and very steep slopes (e.g. Dreaded hill and Elevator) with a few flat sections in between. The trail up to 1500 ft. is a fire road in fair shape, after that point it varies between good to rough shape. There are some large bushes to deal with along the way. The trail from the summit down to the trailhead is a fire road in fairly good condition.

Stats: Total distance is 12.5 miles, completed in about 5+ hours. Elevation gain is about 2750 ft.

Necessities: Adequate water (1 to 3 liter), hat, sunscreen, snack, layered clothing to adjust to climate change.

Directions: Create a printable map with directions from your starting point, by clicking on the map above. Please contact me if you have any difficulties doing so. There are limited parking spots in the lot, if all the spots are filled up then parking will be up the road, a car shuttle arrangement will then be set up - carpooling is recommended.

Weather: Excessively hot weather or rain prior to, or day of will cancel the hike. Check weather conditions the day of HERE.

Map and Photos (posted by another hiker on Feb. 2008): LINK

Recent Photos: LINK

DISCLAIMER: Before undertaking any outdoor activity described on this site, it is your personal and exclusive responsibility to ensure that the activity is appropriate for you, that you have researched the activity description, and that you have proper training, equipment, and physical conditioning to safely participate in the planned activity.

NOTICE OF LIABILITY RELEASE: BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS AND YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY AND SAFETY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR GUESTS; WHETHER YOU OFFICIALLY SIGN-UP FOR THIS EVENT OR NOT. YOU RELEASE HIKING OC FROM ALL LIABILITY ATTRIBUTED TO ANY POTENTIAL INJURY, DAMAGE OR LOSS SUSTAINED; PERSONAL OR OTHERWISE, AND YOU PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU AGREE THAT IN NO EVENT SHALL MYSELF, HIKING OC, ITS ORGANIZERS, CO-ORGANIZERS, ASSISTANT ORGANIZERS, EVENT HOSTS, VOLUNTEERS, OR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR YOUR GUESTS FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, HEALTH RELATED, PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE FROM ANY HIKING OC CLUB ACTIVITIES.

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  • Lily

    This memorable hike with many photos long overdue. I finally have them uploaded after seeing Marlin and Mike repeating it next month. We definitely got a great workout in such a nice weather. There were so many smiles even though getting up five "kicked butt" hills :-)

    However, I have been haunted of all the inconsiderations and "frustrated feedbacks/comments" instead of appreciation from this hike, not to mention similar situations on mountain hikes prior to it. I have been working to have the difficulty levels in a sytematic way. With inputs from my dear friends and other organizers, we have a RATING TABLE that will give our group a common reference for new hikers or hikers who don't read careful. Sometimes they don't really get what an organizer posting on a hike, but they don't ask or research themself. Hope the improvement will help!

    Anyway, we were on "cloud nine", thanks again Mike, Marlin and Shaw, as mentioned, I wouldn't like to repeat this type of hike myself :-)

    March 26, 2013

  • Lily

    Dear friends, sharing with you a sad news that Mo Dad just passed away last night Jan. 31, 2013. Unfortunately, his Dad is not in the states, we hope Mo has a safe flight back home. Please bring him the best "flower" from HikingOC and our prayer is with you and your family, Mo.

    February 1, 2013

  • Brian M

    Darn. Sorry to have missed this one. You know it's a super great hike when there at least one complaint. Cheers!
    Yes Hikers, the Organizers do so much to prepare for each and every hike. They get endless emails throughout the week asking many questions that can be easily googled by yourself. It is recommended that you do some research on every hike you wish to attend and know that you can become separated from a group at any time and be prepared for finding own way. Lily is a wonderful organizer. Showing respect and appreciation for your fellow volunteer hosts is not expected but allows appreciated. I sure do!

    1 · November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lily, yes, this is an excellent suggestion. I will definitely get a number next time. I live in the Murrieta area and the morning just got away from me. Never been late to hikes with other groups so of course it didn't occur to me until it was too late. I look forward to meeting you at some point. Peace to you. I sent you a few other posts but don't see them here. Not sure what happened to them.

    November 18, 2012

  • Lily

    Pamela, as I spoke to you on the way back yesterday that it should be your responsibility to let one of us know when you turned around or when you know you couldn't keep up the group pace. Our hikes rarely indicate a leader and a sweeper as we are HikingOC and not the Sierra Club. If you like to have someone takes care of you, you are obviously not belong to our group as we only meet to hike together. I don't usually remove members from the group, but both you and Carolyn don't seem to know your inconsideration have brought unpleasant moments to the group and created unnecessary discussion that bother our members. I may ask you to leave if you are not happy to be with us.

    Too bad that you missed us, C. I thought about you and mentioned to others that a person who tried to encourage me on the weather's note that was a "flaked out" person. It was fortunate you were back safely and got a great time. However, it is nicer of you to get a contact of one of us, so we know.

    1 · November 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      What? I was there at the hike. I didn't flake out. Sure, since you don't seem to see anything wrong with leaving people behind like that, I'll leave the club no problem.

      November 18, 2012

  • Lily

    Mike, if you like to post again, I will help you with the post and checking the waiting list.

    Mo, we have received many unnecessary messages post hiking, please note that we all have to get an email if the message is posting.

    November 18, 2012

  • Mo N.

    Thanks again Mike. Thank you Shaw. I know many including You will be in Southern Utah for thanksgiving with Lily. I wish I could be there. Have a safe trip. See you next Saturday guys. Happy thanksgiving to Hiking OC:-)

    November 18, 2012

  • Mike S.

    Anyone want to do this again? Mo, I know you do... Maybe take a smaller group up next weekend? I know alot of you will be out of town, but I will probably be hiking with Marlin Saturday Morn.

    1 · November 18, 2012

  • Mo N.

    Welcome to Hiking Oc Pam. It was nice to meet and chat with you along the hike. 20+ hikers were on this hike and we all have our day planned. When a hike is 5+ hours long we all expect to finish near that time so Lily made it very cleared as to what needs to be done to keep everyone happy.. """ A message to my dear Organizers, please have a waiting list on this "tough" workout hike in the future, so you have a chance to learn about a hiker you don't know and vice versa"".. Hope to see you on the trails soon.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't think anyone is complaining about the level of difficulty of the hike or the beautiful trail itself. It's the safety issue. Your always going to get varying abilities. People should not be passing the hike leader and if they do, check with the hiking leader on where to stop to wait for the rest of the group to catch up. The sweeper should be hiking with the slowest hiker. And the hiking leader and the group should have an understanding that we wait for the sweeper to catch up with the rest of the group. That way no one gets left behind and we all stay together. I don't know...that's how I've seen it work.

    1 · November 18, 2012

  • Lily

    Thanks again to Mike, Marlin and Shaw for your will to have this hike re-post and share this "so-called" workout with us. As mentioned to others, I wouldn't repeat a hike that would be too tough for only a workout, but not too much scenic view. I am so thankful for the weather as our prayers seemed to be accepted.
    The clouds that keeped us not too warm and great views, the rain packed down the dirt for less slippery and the pressure of our challenging friends who hike mountains regular that made us work harder to be in better shape and to face any new challenge. Unfortunately I have been too busy to double checked the post that Mike copied from Shaw previously, we clearly mentioned about the difficulty and the hiking levels, but it didn't seem to get attention of all those who signed up. Thanks to the weather, we got at least 5 who were not in the levels signed up and dropped out; otherwise, we would have 20 more emails feedbacks with complaining.

    1 · November 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi everyone. I was parking as you guys were walking off and even though I ran, I missed the group. I think the experience, more than who you go with, is the goal here and I was just happy to learn about this trail. I decided to stay and did the hike by myself anyway. Discovered many "less traveled by" paths, but managed to find my way back out using trial and error. Besides the tumble weed bushes on crank and the huge piles of horse or cow pies, I had a wonderful time by myself. I think the description and disclaimer at the bottom pretty much covers everything, come prepared, be on time, certain level of exertion. The weather was fantastic for the amount of sweating I did. Absolutely loved every second of it! Thank you!

      2 · November 18, 2012

  • Lily

    Excellente!

    November 18, 2012

  • Lily

    Here is a description about hiking skill levels that I usually have on the Peter Canyon posts for Joy's curiosity: http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/10328308

    Congratulations to Mike for his first hosting with less than 10% flaked out factor. However, his generosity costed us about 10% of "not together" factor. Thanks so much to Marlin for company the slower pace. A message to my dear Organizers, please have a waiting list on this "tough" workout hike in the future, so you have a chance to learn about a hiker you don't know and vice versa. I can help you to give inputs if the hikers will be ready for a hike level of your hike or not. Sometimes people don't really pay attention and they don't know their limit. Our "volunteer" and "free" effort don't get appreciate, but we get negative feedbacks for something clearly mention. This is one of our best experiences to hike/organize with the meetup, it will give us more courage to face new challenges in the future!

    3 · November 18, 2012

  • Patricia T.

    Hey Carolyn: I'm sorry what happened yesterday. I honestly thought u ladies had decided not to go all the way to the top. It was a challenging hike for most of us... Believe me it was a learning experience from this incident... I'm so sorry!! :-/

    November 18, 2012

  • Shaw

    What a workout, one of the most challenging hikes in the OC area. Thanks Mike and Marlin for a great hike.

    November 18, 2012

  • Mo N.

    I love this hike. It's glued to OC but yet at least three times harder than Dreaded Hill and much bigger than Boat Canyon It's a true Intermediate Plus hike. I'm glad everyone including I is safe. I'm sure we all learned something today and mine is to stay with the group all the time.. I'm so sorry. I was lucky to have finished the hike 30 min before the group from a different trail. Best workout yet:-) Happy Sunday to all:-)

    2 · November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike

    November 17, 2012

  • Jeff M

    Great hike Mike....it was a very good challenge and nice group of hikers.

    November 17, 2012

  • Jerry B.

    Challenging Hike, Very Good Workout... Thanks Mike

    November 17, 2012

  • Mike S.

    I had a great time, Thank you all for coming.

    November 17, 2012

  • Mo N.

    Thank you Mike for posting this great hike. I'm sorry to have gotten separated from the group. It was good to see everyone. Happy thanksgiving:-)

    November 17, 2012

  • Patricia T.

    Challenging hike!!!
    Joe had to sit down in the middle of a very steep hill. 1st time he ever does that since we started hiking 6 months ago!!! Had tons of fun!!!

    November 17, 2012

  • Jerry B.

    Will Rain Cancel this hike? I don't mind getting a little Wet!

    November 16, 2012

    • Mike S.

      No, will probably not cancel for a little rain. Unless we get a heavy downpour then we will reschedule, but that seems unlikely. A few showers overnight shouldn't be a problem.

      1 · November 16, 2012

    • Mike S.

      Vincent I like your attitude. Lets do this.

      November 17, 2012

  • Lily

    50% chance of rain, ouch, cold and wet? Hummm...

    Bernie, join us carpool. Tracy, let's meet there

    Vincent, I will stop by my sis after, can't join your carpool.

    I am craving to hike in the sun, not the rain, please together with me "order" the sun out with us tomorrow everyone, I meant praying hard for that special wish :-)

    November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lily, I checked the weather channel about an hour ago and we should be absolutely fine. They are predicting only about a 20% chance and the hourly forecast shows no rain until way past noon. However, it will be in the 50's and low 60's so bring a jacket!

      1 · November 16, 2012

  • Shaw

    If not cancelled then I will be at the Park n Ride around 6:35 am for carpooling.

    November 16, 2012

  • Joy C

    You are terrific!!
    Thank you so much for the details!! :)
    See you tomorrow!

    November 16, 2012

  • Joy C

    I am still planning on meeting you at the Thai restaurant too! Does anyone know the name of the restausrant (so I can plug the address into my GPS?) Thank you!!

    November 16, 2012

    • Marlin

      In N Out Burger is in the same center, close to the Tha place. 5646 E. LA PALMA ANAHEIM HILLS, CA[masked]

      November 16, 2012

  • Lily

    Mike and Marlin, will Orange Park and Ride be a good carpool location in case the group like to meet there? I'll say 6:15 AM for those who like to carpool from there.

    Please let me know if it is okay to meet with you both at Imperial and La Palma, near the Thai restaurant to carpool. Will 6:30AM be okay?

    November 14, 2012

    • Mike S.

      I see your already thinking about lunch ha ha. We will meet you at 6:30. - Mike-

      November 14, 2012

    • Tracy R

      can I meet you guys at Thai restaurant, Imperial and La Palma at 6:30 as well. It is close to my house

      November 16, 2012

  • Mike S.

    Please try to carpool if you can, There may not be enough parking for everyone in front of the golf course. The Orange Park and Ride is only 15 min. away for anyone who wants to meet there.

    November 16, 2012

    • Bernie L.

      I can drive or if anyone has room in their carpool... meeting @ Orange P&R Thanks!

      November 16, 2012

  • Bernie L.

    This is on my side of town - anyone want to carpool from Brea P&R?

    November 15, 2012

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