Prewitt Ridge (7.6 miles, 3117 ft)

  • April 5, 2014 · 9:45 AM

This is my new favorite hill climb and I want to hike it in spring, see what the wildflowers are doing. This is ~3100 ft in less than 4 miles, serious elevation but interestingly, not as steep as I expected. Though I suspect others will feel differently.

I've schedule this long in advance of spring for inspiration to those, like me, who are waiting to see the pretty flowers. And it is also on the calender for aspiration, for those who want to climb but fear to try. You have two months and 19 days to meet us at the trailhead.

This is open to anyone who wants to join. No limit. I am curious to see how many will sign up and how many will show up. To those who do not join, you will have missed a magical day.

Photos: Southern view, by James (above); Northern view, by Tom H. (below), January 2014

Where to Meet:

We'll gather at the Park and Ride on Rio Road for carpool at 8AM. This will give us enough time to get to the trailhead at 9:45AM.

The drive south will take approximately 90 mins but it's easy and scenic.

Google Map directions: http://goo.gl/maps/05Rqu

What to Bring:

Lunch, water, snacks. No water sources along the way. Bring your hat, sunscreen, camera, sense of humor ;-), LAYERS, hiking poles.

What to Expect:

All the climbing will happen the first half of the hike. It is strenuous so be prepared to sweat. The usetrail is reported to be a mountain bike route so we'll have to keep a watch out. While the hike will be challenging for elevation change, this will be a leisure day of hiking and sightseeing. We will stay together as a group and enjoy the day. This is an out and back.

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  • Rick

    Beautiful day/great hike with beautiful vistas along the way.. 1st timer and extremely nice group of people.

    April 7, 2014

  • caitlin

    Thank you, it was a great hike.

    April 6, 2014

  • JB L.

    Thank you Maria, this was a great hike with great company and incredible views (including a unique unobstructed view of Cone Peak), and thank you Sandra for the croissant au chocolat which I probably didn't need but of course enjoyed regardless.

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Sandra

      It was my pleasure and thank you for such a delicious sandwich :)

      April 6, 2014

  • Sandra

    Thank you, Maria for leading such an awesome hike. Great day!

    April 6, 2014

  • Wendy

    Beautiful day, great group of hikers, challenging hike, and beautiful full ocean view payoff at the top. Thanks Maria for leading!

    April 6, 2014

  • Erik

    On further review I'd have done a different one for my first too. But, tecnu, and Ibuprofen willing, all will be well. Thanks for setting it up.

    April 6, 2014

  • Pamela J.

    It was a hard hike for my first one, but everyone was supportive and friendly and the weather was perfect, it was a wonderful day!

    April 6, 2014

  • Liz P.

    Wonderful hike with some really great people! Thank you Maria for sharing it with us! :)

    April 5, 2014

  • Waltraud (Ischa) D.

    great fun -

    April 5, 2014

  • dave r.

    Thanks to Maria, I've got another mountain to train on.

    April 5, 2014

  • Jane C.

    Maria thank you! This hike was incredible...great hikers, green hills, ocean views, perfect weather. We are so fortunate. This is definitely on my favorite list!

    April 5, 2014

  • Isabella

    Beautiful! Steepness is very similar to Garapata Ridge except three times as long.

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Alyse J.

      I agree! It's a lot like Garapata!!

      April 5, 2014

  • Alyse J.

    Thank you Maria this was a great hike! I'm looking forward to many more :)

    April 5, 2014

  • Maria

    Thank you everyone for coming out. It was a beautiful day and so many pretty flowers. It was a treat to share this hike with you :-)

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Dave G.

    Awesome hike! Many, many thanks, Maria.

    April 5, 2014

  • James

    Great hiking with everyone!

    April 5, 2014

  • Sue

    Sorry, I have to cancel. Woke up in the night with some sort of flu bug.

    April 5, 2014

  • constance H.

    I am going to cancel because I caught my boot heel at work and my ankle I injured in January is swelling up. Not going to chance it at this point. If I feel different in the morning I will drive myself to the park and ride.

    April 4, 2014

  • Debbie Glenn L.

    Looking forward to the hike. Where is the actual hike if I decide to drive myself?

    April 4, 2014

  • Christian R.

    Coming down with something. Enjoy the hike, folks!

    April 4, 2014

  • James

    I'll be at the park and ride tomorrow - I can fit three or if there's room for another I'd like to ride together. Cheers!

    April 4, 2014

  • Evin O.

    Maria, have to attend to sick family this weekend, sorry to miss the hikes, enjoy!

    April 4, 2014

  • Maria

    Weather is looking good for us tomorrow- sunny with mid 50's with some wind so bring a layer. Those meeting at Rio Road for carpool and caravan I will be there at 7:30 and we'll head off by 8AM. Looking forward to the day.

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Pamela J.

    My first hike with you all, I will be at rio in the am would live to car pool with someone...

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Randy

    Anyone leaving from Santa Cruz or Aptos? I would like to go, but since I am driving down to Big Sur on Sunday, I don't really want to drive 2 days in a row. I can offer gas money.

    April 4, 2014

    • caitlin

      I'm coming from Capitola, I can stop in Aptos for you. Let me know what exit you're on.

      April 4, 2014

    • Jeff

      Hey Randy I'm driving down for Saturday's hike, plan on camping, doing Sunday's hike, maybe comeback Sun. or Mon.

      April 4, 2014

  • Dr. Amba Marie Tobin DMQ (.

    "gather at the Park" -can anyone give a little more detail where...."the park" is?

    April 4, 2014

    • Maria

      The lot is more between Rio Grill and Starbucks. You'll see us there.

      April 4, 2014

    • Dr. Amba Marie Tobin DMQ (.

      cant go after all--I had thought I scheduled grateful walk for sunday---but its Saturday---so I cant miss that---since I organized : )

      April 4, 2014

  • Alyse J.

    Just wondering how long the hike is?? 7 miles=3-4 hours? Plus the 3 hours of driving, so total 7 hours?

    April 4, 2014

  • ted r.

    I will carpool from Salinas...I have room for three. we will stop at Rio Road and meet up with the group.
    we should leave at 7:15 sharp from 127 Nissen Rd. Salinas

    March 30, 2014

    • ted r.

      Yes..see u at 7:15...

      April 2, 2014

    • Tuan Q.

      thanks ted, ill see you guys there at 7:15....

      April 2, 2014

  • Tuan Q.

    I would like to carpool with people, can drive too, does anybody have room coming down from the east bay?

    April 1, 2014

  • Isabella

    if anyone has another open seat for one more person, I'd appreciate it! (Jon's not coming this time he has a full day of new exhibit installation at the aquarium.)

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Maria

      I have a spot for you

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Jeff

    Would one-way ride down be of help for anyone? I'm thinking of driving back Sunday or Monday.

    April 1, 2014

  • Jane C.

    Maria, hope you still have room!

    April 1, 2014

    • Maria

      Yep, you're in!

      April 1, 2014

  • Maria

    Update: Saturday is sunny with high 50's. Bring layers. I will be at Rio Rd Park and Ride at 7:30AM. We'll start our caravan at 8AM. Rio Rd Park and Ride is here: https://goo.gl/maps/QBejb; Starbucks is in the adjacent lot.

    April 1, 2014

    • Alyse J.

      Thank you!! And thank you for having an extra seat! See you sat at 730.

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure I know where this park and ride is located. Is it off the freeway between Soquel and Aptos?

    March 30, 2014

  • Maria

    I will be at Rio Rd for carpool @ 8AM. Can take three comfortably. Weather-wise, the outlook for Saturday is sunny skies but rain up until the weekend. Things can change so we'll be in suspense until near the end of the week. Will keep watching.

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Alyse J.

      Hi there! Do you have room for one more person?

      March 31, 2014

    • Maria

      Yes, I have room.

      April 1, 2014

  • ted r.

    Liz you and Rick are in...Patrick is too!! I am now full...can squeeze another person if necessary...

    2 · March 31, 2014

    • constance H.

      Ohh I might like to squeeze in with ya all...LOL

      March 31, 2014

    • ted r.

      You are now squeezed in!! 3rd seat

      April 1, 2014

  • Kim Von B.

    I would like to join in on the carpooling - and can add a car if needed.

    March 31, 2014

  • Phil

    Too early for me.

    March 31, 2014

  • Sue

    If I can catch a ride at Rio with someone that would be great. I can drive if needed, but my big old truck is a gas hog!

    March 31, 2014

  • Patrick

    Thank you Ted!

    March 31, 2014

  • Patrick

    Hi Ted if I could go with that would be great let me know. Thanks Patrick

    March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great hike!

    March 30, 2014

  • Jane C.

    Maria, I will be at Rio Rd too. Can carpool or drive. Looking forward to the hike...new for me.

    March 30, 2014

  • constance H.

    I'd love to carpool with you Maria, if everything is a go with the weather...Sign me up. If needed I can drive but don't get good gas mileage with 18.5 mpg these days.

    March 30, 2014

  • Erik

    Never been here but every photo I see looks wide open. Is poison oak a threat? Also, I'm confused by these instructions "We'll gather at the Park and Ride on Rio Road for carpool at 8AM" I have Prewitt marked and don't mind the drive, but I don't get this part.

    March 24, 2014

    • Maria

      The park and ride is what we call the parking area at the Crossroads Shopping center on Rio Road for carpooling(between Starbucks and Rio Grill) . We've parked vehicles there for day hikes and multi-day overnighters. It's safe and convenient and easy to find. Regarding PO, there is no need to fear. The route is open and clear.

      1 · March 24, 2014

    • Erik

      Got it! Thanks for the clarification.

      March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds wonderful but I may be out of town so I will have to RSVP at a later date.

    March 6, 2014

  • Maria

    We are at 45 so far. Let's get 100+ out on the trail. Tell your friends :-)

    February 12, 2014

  • Sara K.

    Are we parking somewhere needing a park pass or in a pullout? I ask because I am thinking of booking massages at Esalen afterwards so would be driving all the way down. Thanks!!

    January 25, 2014

    • Maria

      Hi Sara- It's a pullout, shoulder on Hwy 1. Trailhead is located here, zoom in on the "B". A metal gate marks the spot- http://goo.gl/maps/05...­

      1 · January 25, 2014

  • Sue P.

    This might be a bit too much for me, but I would like to try. I have no problem not staying with the group if you don't. And, I want to bring my camera.

    January 15, 2014

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